Walter had been born in Romiley, the son of James and Annie. At the time of the 1901 Census, the family are believed to have been living at Waines Avenue, Marple (but, after the war, Mr & Mrs Woodcock had moved to 270 Weaste Lane, Weaste , Salford.
The Census shows that James, then aged 42, was a local man, having been born in Newton, Hyde. He was working a hatter. Annie Woodcock, 40, had been born in Houghton, Dorset.
As a boy, Walter had received education at the Marple Congregational Church Sunday and Day Schools. Later, he went to worked locally in the cardroom at Hollins Mill. In September 1914, he volunteered for the army, enlisting at Stockport and joining one of the newly formed "Service Battalions".
Apart from a few weeks in France, all of Walter's war service was spent in Greece where he was killed in action during an attack at the Battle of Doiran. He has no known grave.
Further information about Walter, including a photograph, can be found in the book "Remembered" by P Clarke, A Cook and J Bintliff.