Rank or Title

War time / or Pre War occupation

Straw hat blocker

Employer

Webb & Baker, John Street

Service Number

37787

Place of Birth

Luton
United Kingdom

World War I Address

20 Ivy Road
Luton
United Kingdom

Place of Death

France

Grave Location

No known grave
France

War Memorial Location

Soldier or Civilian

  • Soldier
Pte Walter Hdenry Halsey

Pte Walter Henry Halsey, 37787, 7th Battalion Suffolk Regiment, was killed in action in France on March 26th*, 1918, during the German spring offensive. He was aged 37 and been married a little over a year.

He had married Alice Maud Womwell by special licence at Christ Church, Luton, on January 24th, 1917. In a letter to Alice at 20 Ivy Road, Luton, her husband's captain wrote: "Your husband was unfortunately killed on the evening of the 26th. It will console you to know that he suffered no pain, as he was killed instantly by a machine gun bullet."

Walter Halsey had joined up two years previously and had previously been employed as a straw hat blocker by Webb & Baker, of John Street, Luton.

* The CWGC website gives the date of death as March 27th, 1918. The Luton Parish Church Book of Life (1919) records Walter as having been killed on March 26th.

Individual Location

Pte Walter Hdenry Halsey

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