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1885 - 1916

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1887 - 1916

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1894 - 1916

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1897 - 1916

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1883 - 1918
Lieut Edward Stanley Ashcroft

Pte 16698 Walter Anderson

  • Age: 21
  • From: Liverpool
  • Regiment: The King's (Liverpool Regiment) 17th Btn
  • K.I.A Tuesday 7th May 1918
  • Commemorated at: La Clytte Mil Cem
    Panel Ref: V.B.7

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  at St.Saviour's Roman Catholic Church, Everton on 17 June 1896 but his 1914 Army enlistment records his religion as Church of England.  

The 1901 Census shows the family are living 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 02nd September 1914 Walter now a clerk aged 19 years and 75 days enlists at St George's Hall, Liverpool as Pte 16698 joining the 18th Battalion of The King's Liverpool Regiment. He is described 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.

From the 23rd September 1914 he was billeted at Hooton Park Race Course and remained there until 03rd December 1914 when they moved into the hutted accommodation at Lord Derby’s estate at Knowsley Hall. On 30th April 1915 the 18th Battalion alongside the other three Pals battalions left Liverpool via Prescot Station for further training at Belton Park, Grantham. They remained here until September 1915 when they reached Larkhill Camp on Salisbury Plain. He arrived in France on 7th November 1915.

Walter 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 the 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."
Walter, aged 21, became one of the casualties of that bombardment on 07th 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 02nd October 1918. A War Gratuity of £17:10s was also sent to his father 
at The Cottage, Leighton Road, Tranmere,  Birkenhead on 03rd December 1919.

On 17th September 1914 aged 24 his elder brother Herbert Foster Anderson enlisted as 2nd Lt 3765 into the 10th Battalion (Liverpool Scottish) King's Liverpool Regiment.  Herbert, survived the war. 


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(104 Years this day)
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