Rank: Private
Number: 35234
Unit: 10th Battalion CHESHIRE REGIMENT
Date of Death: 15 July 1916
Age: 25
Cemetery: Pozieres British Cemetery, Ovillers-la-Boiselle, Somme, France

Walter’s father, John, lived at 76 Chapel Street, Hazel Grove. Walter is believed to have worked, for 9 years, at Hollins Mill, 5 Portland Street, Manchester (although he does not appear in the Company’s entry on page 534 of the Manchester Book of Honour).

He enlisted on 15 February 1916, at Stockport and is reported to have had a brother also serving in the army. This may well be the Reginald Adshead, recorded on the Hollins Mill entry in the above book, as serving with the Manchester Regiment.

Walter was killed in an attack described here. John Adshead originally received notification that Walter had only been wounded, but a couple of weeks later, he received a letter from one of his comrades saying he had been part of the burial party. The comrade said that the nature of the wound must have meant death was instantaneous. It cannot now be known if Walter was killed outright. If not, then the fact that he is buried just behind the front line, means that he must have died very quickly and before he could be evacuated from the front line to receive medical attention.

Further information about Walter, including a photograph, is included in the book “Hazel Grove to Armageddon” by John Eaton.

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