Walter was born in Stockport and, at the time of the Great War, was living with his wife and their child at 8 Bulkeley Street, Edgeley. In 1905, a man of this name married Ethel Hulme at St Thomas' C of E Church, Wellington Road South. This may the same man.
Walter's original service number, 3238, indicates that he originally joined the local Territorial Battalion - the 6th Cheshires - in the early part of 1915 and went on active service with them, after training. His final service number, above, would have been issued to him when he transferred to the 11th Battalion during the late summer of 1916.
On 4 October, the Battalion relieved the 49th Canadian Battalion in Hessian Trench near the village of Aveluy in the heart of the Somme battlefield. The troops started to exchange positions at 6pm, but the moves had not been completed until 3.30am the following morning. The next day was spent deepening the front line and communication trenches. The Battalion's War Diary records that there was considerable enemy shelling of the communication trench. The 6th October was a quiet day and the Battalion was relieved by the 11th Lancashire Fusiliers during the evening.
Sometime during the two days, Walter and Samuel Wood had been seriously wounded. Walter would have received immediate attention from the Battalion's medical officer. He was then passed to the care of the Field Ambulance Unit (a medical facility as well as a transport unit). He died at the Unit's base, at Warloy-Baillon, approximately 12 kilometres from where he had been injured.