Walter William Cordy

Service :               Royal Navy

Rank:                   Carpenters Crew

Service No:           M.8940 ( Dev)

Ship :                   HMS Warspite.


Walter was born in St George, Bristol on 15th October 1889.  He was the son of James & Ann Cordy.  Walter spent his early years with his parents & siblings at Lewin Street before his family moved on to Lyppiatt Road (1901) and then to 31 Sherborne Road St George (1911). Walters’s father was a boot maker and Walter was a cabinet maker.

After answering the call to arms Walter finds himself serving on H.M.S. Warpite as a member of the carpenter’s crew.

H.M.S. Warspite (the seventh warship of the Navy to carry that name)  commissioned in 1915 was a Queen Elizabeth Class Battleship. Whilst in action at the Battle of Jutland 31st May 1916 Warspite was holed 150 times and had 14 killed and 16 wounded; Sadly Walter was among those killed. The damaged Warspite managed to return to Rosyth under her own steam where it took 2 months to make repairs.


HMS Warspite & HMS Malaya during the Battle of Jutland

Walters body  was laid to rest in the Dalmeny Parish Cemetery  South Queensferry, Linlithgowshire, Scotland; grave reference 631.

Walter was entitled to The 1914-14 Star, The British War Medal & The Victory Medal.



Commonwealth War Graves Commission

1891, 1901 & 1911 UK household census