The Thomas family grave is in Union Croft graveyard and Walter is named on this along with his parents John and Mary and his siblings John William, Harry and Mary Ellen.  Harry died in 1893 at the age of 7 and Mary Ellen had died at the age of 14 months in April 1889.

Along with the siblings named on the family grave Walter had two sisters Lydia and Maria and two brothers Lister and Dick.

John Thomas (father) died in May 1918 just months before his son Walter who was killed in action on 10th September 1918 at the age of 41.  Walter was married to Annie, their marriage was on 18th April 1903 at Halifax Parish Church and the CWGC records show Annie living at 12 Arthur Street, Queen’s Road. Halifax.

From the family grave, we can see that his brother John William died aged 42 in 1924, Mary Thomas died in December 1943 aged 89.  Lister Thomas who had married in 1916 emigrated in 1920 to America settling in the Rhode Island district.

Walter served in the 1st Battalion. East Yorkshire Regiment who in September 1918 were fighting close to Equancourt, the war diary shows that they were in action for many days.  A casualty report on the 10th September shows that 5 Other Ranks were killed, 38 wounded and 138 missing.

Having no known grave Walter is commemorated on the VIS-EN-ARTOIS MEMORIAL (Panel 4).