William Walsh

Date of birth: 1897
Place of birth: Lyndhurst Road, New Forest, Hampshire
Service No.: 27059
Rank: Private
Regiment: Hampshire
Battalion: 1st
Died: 24th April 1918 aged 21 years
Death location: France and Flanders

 

Life before the War
William was born in 1897 in Lyndhurst Road, New Forest, Southampton.  His parents were John, born 1853 Brockenhurst, New Forest, Hampshire and Elizabeth A, born 1861 Millbrook, Southampton.

William had 4 siblings – 3 brothers and a sister:

John Test   b.1888

Bertram Patrick   b.1890

Richard H   b.1899

Ethel   b.1900

In the 1891 census the family were living in Ashurst on the Lyndhurst Road, New Forest, Hampshire.  John senior was working as a Railway Platelayer.

The family had moved to Wood Road, Colbury, Hampshire by 1901.  John is still working for the Railways as a Platelayer.

By 1911 the family had moved into Southampton living at Redbridge Road, Millbrook.  John senior still works as a Platelayer, John senior was employed as a Cycle Machinist, Bertram was a Furniture Packer and William was working as a Butchers Lad.

All the sons served during the war, only William was not to return.  These are taken from the National Roll of the Great War for William’s brothers:

“Walsh, J.T., Private, M.G.C. (Motor).  (John)
He volunteered in April 1915, and was stationed at Bisley Camp, where he sustained an injury to his ankle in an accident which occurred during his training. After doing much good work with his unit he was invalided from the Service in August 1915.
Redbridge Road, Millbrook, Hants”

“Walsh, B., Fireman, Merchant Service. (Bertram)
He volunteered in August 1914 and was posted to H.M.S. “Armadale Castle” (armed merchant cruiser), on board which vessel he was engaged on important duties in many waters for two years. He then saw service in a transport, conveying troops to the various theatres of war, and in June 1919 was demobilized. He holds the General Service and Mercantile Marine War Medals.
Redbridge Road, Millbrook, Hants”

“Walsh, R., L/Corporal, 2/4th Hampshire Regiment. (Richard)
Volunteering in October 1914 he was drafted to Egypt twelve months later. He saw much active service in this theatre of war until transferred to the Western Front in time to take part in the heavy fighting during the Advance of 1918. He was demobilized in April 1919, and hold the 1914 – 1915 Star, and the General Service and Victory Medals.
Redbridge Road, Millbrook, Hants.

 

War Service

William enlisted in Winchester. The National Roll of the Great War reads:

Pernes British Cemetery, France

Pernes British Cemetery, France

“Walsh, W., private, 1st Hampshire regiment.
He volunteered in October 1914, and in September of the following year was sent to France, where he served on various sectors of the Front. He took part in the Battles of the Somme and Cambria, and many other engagements until April 23rd, 1918, when he was killed in action at Ypres. He was entitled to the 1914 – 1915 Star, and the General Service and Victory Medals.
Redbridge Road, Millbrook, Hants”.

On the 24th April 1918, William was killed in action, aged just 21. He is Remembered with Honour at the Pernes British Cemetery, France.
Note: The National Roll of the Great War gives a date of death as the 23rd April 1918, whilst other Service Records states he died on 24th April 1918.
Researcher: Becky Lonergan
Published: 1st June 2015
Updated: Insert dates here

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