Walter’s parents were William and Mary and he had four siblings, Emily, William, Rose and Margaret. He was born in Rastrick, however by 1901 the family were living at Roper Lane. The census shows that his father who was a cooper by trade and his mother were both deaf and dumb since childbirth. Walter along with his brother were Quarrymen.
In 1911 the family were living at 21 Ambler Thorn and Walter, who was then aged 28, was the only sibling still living with his parents, he was now employed as a brewers labourer.
Serving in the 2nd/4th Battalion. Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment) Walter was killed in action on 20th October 1918. He is buried at QUIEVY COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION (C. 59).
The Battalion that Walter served in were involved in an attack against the enemy on the 20th October. The Battalion had marched up to the front line over several days, entering it on the 17th, the next day they took over more of the line which was close to Solesmes and held it whist other battalions organised themselves for the forthcoming attack. The Battalion casualties for the operation on the 20th October were one Officer wounded, four Other Ranks killed and 63 wounded. The Batallion captured one light machine gun along with 18 prisoners.