Harold WALTERS
Rank: Lance Corporal
Number: 17946
Unit: 11th Battalion Cheshire Regiment
Date of Death: 3rd July 1916
Age: 21
Cemetery: Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France

Harold had been born in Poynton, the son of Thomas and Elizabeth Ann. The family later moved to Hazel Grove, living at 12 Grundey Street and Harold earned his living working at Williams & Sons, a wholesale grocers.

He enlisted at Stockport into the Cheshire Regiment in October or November of 1914 and was killed during an attack on the third day of the Battle of the Somme. It would seem that Harold survived the disastrous attack and nearly made it back to the safety of the British trench. His mate, Corporal H Adams, himself wounded, wrote to Mr & Mrs Walters "Harold was killed by a machine gun bullet on the morning of July 3rd. He had just come in after being over the top and was hit by a shot which hit him in the back and doubled him round. I thought he was dead, for I was going to see him when I was hit by shrapnel. I was a big pal of his, in fact we have been together since we enlisted in November 1914. I hope you will receive this letter and think of the best. He was a good lad and well liked and did his duty as well as any man wearing uniform."

Unlike many of his pals who lay dead in No Man's Land, Harold would, almost certainly, have received a proper burial just behind the front line. However, many of these graves were subsequently destroyed by artillery shelling as the Battle raged for several weeks more. Fighting would again come to the Somme in March 1918. Harold's name is now one of the 73000 inscribed on the nearby Thiepval Memorial to those who were killed in this sector alone and have no known grave.

Further information about Harold, including a photograph, is included in the book "Hazel Grove to Armageddon" by John Eaton

   
           
   
     
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