Walter Shaw MOORES
Rank: Private
Number: 33551
Unit: 2nd Garrison Battalion King’s (Liverpool) Regiment
Date of Death: 25 June 1918
Age: 25
Cemetery: St Germain-au-Mont-d’Or Communal Cemetery, Rhone, France

George Moores and Mary E Shaw married at Christ Church, Heaton Norris in the late spring of 1891. Ten years later, when the Census was taken, the couple were living at 11 Newton Street, Shaw Heath, Stockport with their four children - Walter (then 8), Nellie (6), Arthur (3) and William (8 months).

When war was declared, in August 1914, Walter was either a territorial soldier with the Manchester Regiment or joined up within days. Whichever is the case, he volunteered for overseas service at the barracks at Ashton under Lyne and, almost certainly, saw action throughout the Gallipoli campaign of 1915.

At some point, he was transferred to the King's Regiment. Garrison battalions were normally comprised of men who were not fit for front line duty and it may be that Walter's health had deteriorated or that a wound prevented his return to the trenches. During the War, they were often sent to the various parts of the Empire to replace Regular Army battalions so they could be sent, in turn, to the front.

However, the King's 2nd Garrison Battalion was sent to an active theatre of war in Greece, where British troops faced the Bulgarian Army. It remained away from the action and it is understood it spent most of its time in Crete. Deaths in this theatre were mainly from disease - for every man killed in action, three fell victim to malaria, dysentery and other illnesses. At some point, it would some that this is what happened to Walter. Although no details of his death have come to light, it is known it was from natural causes. It is unusual that he appears to have been evacuated so far away from his unit, but not returned to the UK. However, the Cemetery where he is buried is adjacent to a military hospital and rest camp was based.

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