Rank or Title
Date of Birth
Date of Death
3 Dec 1917
War time / or Pre War occupation
Place of Birth
World War I Address
Place of Death
War Memorial Location
Soldier or Civilian
Pte Walter Alfred Horwood, 202801, 11th Battalion Essex Regiment, was killed in action in France on December 3rd, 1917. He was aged 39.
At the time that widow Martha received notification of her husband's death she was expecting him home on delayed Christmas leave after two years of service. Walter had married Martha Ellen Lawrence in Luton in 1898 and they had a son, Horace, who was himself in uniform, and a daughter, Eva. They lived at 48 Stanley Street, Luton.
For 22 years Walter had been a bandsman with the Salvation Army Temple Band and played the trombone. A memorial service for Walter was held at the Temple, when Bandmaster Bert Baker and others paid their tributes, and te Temple band and songsters provided suitable music.
The 1911 Census shows Walter as a straw plait packer at a Luton dye works.