William Walters

Date of birth: 1893
Place of birth: St Mary’s Parish, Southampton
Service No.: 9036
Rank: Private
Regiment: Hampshire
Battalion: 1st
Died: 9th August 1916 aged 23 years
Death location: Belgium

 

Life before the War
William was the 4th of 5 children born to parents Thomas, b.1863 Southampton and d.1898, and Alice, nee Holloway, b.1867 Southampton and died 1941.

William’s siblings – 3 sisters and 1 brother – were:

Alice   b.1888

George Thomas   b.1889

Bessie Elizabeth   b.1891 and d.1966.  Married William James Lebourne

Charlotte Jane   b.1895

When William’s father died, his mother went on to marry David Williams who was born in Camarthen, Wales in 1869.  They had four children giving William half siblings – 3 sisters and 1 brother:

Daisy Violet   b.1900

Dorothy Rosina b.1906 and d.1981.  Married Henry Beckett.

Hannah Martha b.1907 and d.1985.  Married Ernest Dare.

Montague b.1921 and d.2000.  Married Sylvia Deacon.

In the 1901 census the 5 Walters children had the surname of Williams. The family was living at 87 Princes Street, Southampton.  David was not at home when the census was taken.

By 1901 the 4 Walters children were  still at home but this time had the of Walters, and were living with their stepfather and mother. Their residence was 5 Guildhall Terrace, Millbank Street, Northam, Southampton. David was employed as a Ship’s Fireman on the Seas (but home for the 1911 census), George Walters was employed by a Brick Makers Business as a Labourer, Bessie Walters was a Laundry Maid and William was employed by the Docks as a Labourer.

Brother George’s entry for the National Roll of the Great War
“Walters, G.T., Corporal, 2nd Hampshire Regt.
He enlisted in February 1912, and after the outbreak of war in August 1914 was drafted to the Dardenelled, where he took part in the first Landing at Gallipoli in April 1915, when he was wounded in action. He was invalided home and on his recovery was sent to France in April 1916, and there served through the Battle of Ypres and many other engagements. He was gassed on two occasions and also suffered from shell shock, and in April 1919 returned to England, and was demobilized. He holds the 1914 – 1915 Star, and the General Service and Victory Medals.
5, Guildhall Terrace, Millbank Street, Northam, Southampton”

 

War Service

Potijze Burial Ground Cemetery, Belgium

Potijze Burial Ground Cemetery, Belgium

National Roll of the Great War

“Walters, W., Private, 2nd Hampshire Regiment.
He enlisted in February 1912, and in April 1915 was sent to the Dardenelles, where he took part in the first Landing at Gallipoli. After seeing much active service in the Peninsula, he returned to England, and in April 1916 was drafted to the Western Front. There he served through the Battle of Ypres and other engagements in various sectors until August 1916, when he was killed in action. He was entitled to the 1914 – 1915 Star, and the General Service and Victory Medals.
5, Guildhall Terrace, Millbank Street, Northam, Southampton”

William is Remembered with Honour at the Potijze Burial ground Cemetery, Belgium.

 

 

Researcher: Becky Lonergan
Published: 1st June 2015
Updated: Insert dates here

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