Walter was born into a successful middle class family on 9 September 1894 and was the youngest son. His father was Managing Director of the Bredbury Steel Works and was married to Phyllis. The family home was "Moorfield", Heath Road, Stockport. As with many boys of his generation and class, he was educated at public school - in his case Marlborough College where he was a member of the Officer Training Corps, becoming its Colour Sergeant. After finishing his education, on 20 September 1912, he went to work in the offices of Manchester shipping firm, Glazebrook, Steel & Co.
War was declared on 4 August and, within days, Walter had enlisted and already applied to become an officer. He was quickly accepted and became a 2nd Lieutenant assigned to the local Territorial Battalion - the 6th Cheshires. He went overseas with them on 10 November and was transferred to the Regiment's 1st Battalion in 1915, becoming its Adjutant and being promoted to Lieutenant. On 1 June 1916, he was promoted to Acting Captain and took command of one the Battalion's four companies.
On 30 July 1916, during the Battle of the Somme, he was shot in the abdomen and evacuated back to the UK, where he spent time at a military hospital in Oswestry. On 30 January 1917, his condition was assessed by an Army Medical Board and he was pronounced fit enough to leave hospital but to remain on sick leave. His home address to which he went was not his parents' but 10 Terrace Road, Buxton.
His release from hospital will have Walter's second bit of good news that month. Earlier, he will have learned that he had been awarded the Military Cross, for distinguished conduct in the field, in the New Year's Honours List. He would receive the award from the King on 14 March. By now, he was ready to return to duty.
He was posted to the 1/5th Battalion, Welsh Regiment on 2 June 1917, as a Lieutenant but was again promoted to Acting Captain on 11 August, taking command of "A" Company.
Walter would be killed leading his men in a successful major attack on Turkish positions across a wide front straddling the Jerusalem to Nablus road. Overnight, the Battalion was in the support positions at Drage's Hill. At 4am, "A" Company advanced through the front line to Spize (?sp) Hill. They took this objective without opposition but then came under very heavy machine gun and rifle fire from Chipp Hill. Walter was amongst the large number of casualties.