Walter was born in Stockport and, as with many local lads, he went to work in the local hatmaking industry at Beehive Mill in Tiviot Dale. Between October and December 1906, he married Edith Hall and they would have two children.
Walter did not rush to join the army when war was declared in August 1914 and his service number indicates that it was not until sometime between May and July of 1915 that he enlisted at Stockport.
Walter was fatally wounded, probably on the day he died. The Battalion's War Diary makes no reference to casualties on that day but does mention that the enemy shelled positions immediately adjacent to them.
Private J W Beard later wrote to Edith "To give a few details, our stretcher bearers were rather busy on the same morning that Walter was hit. We were heavily shelled in the trenches and it was while I was attending to one of the men who was badly wounded, that news came to us that another man was wounded. You can imagine my surprise when I learnt that it was my old chum, Walter. After I saw his wound, I held little hope of him recovering. You have one consolation, however, to know that he died for his country and without pain." Jack Beard was probably being kind when he said that Walter had been in no pain.
Another letter from a comrade, A Wells, also mentions that he saw Walter before he died "He was conscious when I saw him and able to send his love to you and the children......The funeral is to be taken by the Brigade Chaplain this morning and your husband's body will be laid to rest in a peaceful Cemetery on the outskirts of a large town about one mile away from the place he was wounded."