Walter George William King

Service:                Army

Rank:                    Private

Service No:           266882

Unit:                     2nd/6th Battalion Gloucestershire Regiment

Walter was born in Hanham South Gloucestershire in 1891.  He was the 2nd child of Robert & Elizabeth King.  In 1901 he was living with his parents, 6 siblings and Grand Mother at Hanham Road, Kingswood, Bristol; his father was a coal mine timber man & his mother a boot machinist.  By 1911 the family had moved to 164 Clouds Hill Road, St. George and Walter was employed as a printers labourer.

The 2nd/6th Battalion was formed at St Michael's Hill, Bristol in September 1914 as a home service ("second line") unit. In January 1915 it came under command of 2nd Gloucester & Worcester Brigade, 2nd South Midland Division, at Northampton and moved to Chelmsford in April 1915 and on to Salisbury Plain in February 1916.

 They were to land in France on 24 May 1916. In August 1915 the formation became 183rd Brigade, 61st (2nd South Midland) Division.

During 1917 they we engaged in the Operations on the Ancre when the Germans were retreating to the Hindenburg Line.The 61st was one of the Divisions employed in the cautious pursuit of the enemy, when the Germans carried out a deep withdrawal from the area of the Somme. On 17 March, it captured Chaulnes and Bapaume. A battle at Langemarck  took place 16-18 August 1917 this was a phase of the Third Battles of the Ypres

In late August and early September the Division was involved in the efforts to push the line forward at positions around Schuler Farm and Aisne Farm near Kerselaar.

Walter was killed in action on the 28th August 1917; he is buried and remembered with honour in New Irish Farm Cemetery Plot reference XII D 17.

Image courtesy of CWGC.

Walter was awarded The British War Medal & The Victory Medal.

 

References

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

The Long Long Trail

1901 & 1911 UK census

Soldiers Died in the Great War