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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.