Walter was born on 20th May 1896 at 10 Lyell Street, Everton the son of Charles Anderson and his wife Margaret Sarah (nee Clegg) who married on 03 March 1872 in West Derby. His father was a Liverpool born Engine Machine Fitter and his mother was also Liverpool born.They had 11 children and Walter was their last child. He was Baptized Roman Catholic at St.Saviour's Everton on 17 June 1896 but his 1914 Army Enlistment records hi s religion as Church of England.
The 1901 Census shows the family are ;iving at 51 Woodville Terrace, Everton, Walter aged 4 shown with parents and siblings
The 1911 Census find the family still living at 51 Woodville Terrace, Everton. Walter is now aged 14 is still at school and living with his parents and 6 of his 10 siblings;
Henry aged 30 is a Sculptor, Percy aged 26 is an Iron Moulder, Francis aged 23 is a Joiner, Herbert aged 20 is a University Student and George aged 18 is a Stockbrokers Clerk.
On 2 September 1914 Walter a Clerk aged 19 years 75 days enlists at St George's Hall, Liverpool as Pte 16698 into the 18th Battalion of The King's Liverpool Regiment. He isdescribed as being 5 foot 4 inches in height, weighed 116 lbs with a 34 and a half inch chest. He has grey eyes and brown hair.
On 17 September 1914 aged 24 his elder Brother Herbert Foster Anderson enlisted as 2nd Lt 3765 into the 10Battalion (Liverpool Scottish) King's Liverpool Regiment.
Walter was training at Hooton Park racecourse, Knowsley Hall before leaving Liverpool for further training at Belton Park, Grantham. His final training in England was carried out at Lark Hill camp on Salisbury Plain. He had been training for 1 year 66 days before he reached France on 7/11/1915.He was subsequently transferred to the 17th Battalion. On 28 November 1916 he received a Good Conduct Award for 2 year's Service.
The History of teh King's Liverpool Regiment records that
"The 17th Btn received orders on 3rd May 1918 to relieve the South African Brigade holding the Vierstraat Sector on the night of 5/6th May. On the 6th/ 7th of May the Artillery fire of the opposing guns was heavy , the enemy using a large proportion of gas shells."
Aged 21, Walter became one of the casualties of that bombardment on 7th May 1918. He now rests at La Clytte Military Cemetery V B 7 with a CWGC Military Headstone
His Army pay of £16 :11s:7d was sent to his father Charles on 2/10/1918. A War Gratuity of £17:10s was also sent to his father
at The Cottage, Leighton Road, Tranmere, Birkenhead on 3/12/1919.
Walter's brother, Herbert, survived the war.