Walter BURGESS
Rank: Private
Number: 562767
Unit: 968th Company LABOUR CORPS (ROYAL LANC on mem)
Date of Death: 22 November 1918
Age: 20
Cemetery: Mikra British Cemetery, Kalamaria, Greece

Walter was the youngest son of Edward and Mary of Hatherlow View, Romiley (and later 49 Green Lane).He had been born in nearby Bredbury.

As a boy, Walter had attended Barrack Hill Council School and also furthered his education by attending the Sunday School at Hatherlow Church, where the family worshipped. He worked locally - at the bleachworks of dyers Joshua Schofield & Sons Ltd, 95 Stockport Road, Romiley.

When William joined the army, he enlisted into the King's Own (Royal Lancaster) Regiment and was given 36697 as his service number. He fought overseas with the Regiment and his commemoration on the Bredbury and Romiley War Memorials records this service. However, sometime before his death he had been transferred to the Labour Corps. The Corps had been formed in early 1917 and comprised men deemed not fit enough for the rigours of fighting in the front line. They would undertake important manual labour in the reserve areas - tasks such as road building, grave digging, unloading supplies, etc.

Most British troops who died in the Salonika theatre of war in northern Greece did not die as a result of enemy action. For every one killed in action, three died from malaria, the 1918 influenza epidemic or other illness and so it was with Walter. Newspaper reports stated that he had died of malaria, nearly two weeks after the fighting had stopped across Europe.

   
           
   
     
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