Walter ROBERTS
Rank: Private
Number: 12667
Unit: 1st Battalion CHESHIRE Regiment
Date of Death: 20 April 1915
Age: 37
Cemetery: Tuileries British Cemetery, Ieper, Belgium

Walter was the son of Edward and Mrs Roberts. They lived on Prince's Street. Stockport where they had a brush manufacturing business. Walter had been a regular soldier, serving in the Boer War where he earned two medals and a clasp.

The local newspaper, reporting his death, suggested he was still a serving regular soldier, but his service number does not support this. Men with service numbers under 9000 were regulars, or reservists who had been recalled to the colours when war was declared in August 1914. Walter's suggests that he actually re-enlisted in the August or September. He will have gone overseas, probably in January 1915, as one of the first drafts of replacements for regular army troops, who had already been killed or wounded whilst with the 1st Battalion.

He was killed during this tour of duty in the trenches. Walter's grave is one of 71 that were destroyed by shellfire later in the war. He is now commemorated on a special Memorial in the cemetery.

   
           
   
     
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