Rank: Lance Corporal
Number: 12253
Unit: 1st Battalion CHESHIRE Regiment
Date of Death: 17 April 1915
Age: 29
Cemetery: Menin Gate Memorial, Ieper, Belgium

Walter was born in the parish of St Mary's C of E Church, Stockport. There is some possible confusion about his name in that the local newspaper, reporting his death, spelled it Rowlands. The correct spelling is confirmed by military records and the 1901 Census. It does suggest, however, that his name may have been duplicated on the Memorial and he is also inscribed as W Rowlands.

Walter was married man and lived with his wife and four children at 33 Bramwell Street. He worked as a twiner at Wear Mill, Chestergate. He enlisted in the early autumn of 1914 and will have gone overseas in early 1915.

He was killed during a tour of duty in the trenches described here. The newspaper reported that his death was due to the explosion of a hand-grenade which also injured several of his comrades. It's not known if this was an enemy grenade or a British one that had been set off accidentally.

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