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|Those Who Came After The Original 500|
Walter Ernest Alexander Regt # 1504
Photo donated by John Ling
Walter was the son of Robert Alexander and Sarah Ann Hatch. He was 23 years of age when he
joined the Royal Newfoundland Regiment on April 30th, 1915.
He stood 5'5" and weighed 129 lbs. He had brown hair and grey eyes. He gave his address as
Boswarlas, Port au Port, Newfoundland. He listed his mother, Annie, as next-of-kin and her address
as Bergh-Apton, Norfork, England. |
He listed his occupation as Fireman and stated that he had 12 months previous service with the Special Reserves, 3rd Batt, Norfork. Walter left St. John's aboard the S.S. Calgarian on June 19, 1915. He was quickly promoted to L/Cpl on November 4th, 1915, probably due to his previous military service. On 1 Feb 1916, he reenlisted for the duration of the war with E Coy, 1st Newfoundland Regt. He embarked Devonport, 13-3-1916 for Egypt, transferred to B.E.F. and disembarked Marsailles, 3-4-1916
Walter fought in the Battle of the Somme where he was fatally wounded and evacuated to the 4th Casualty Clearing Station. L/Cpl Walter Ernest Alexander died of his wounds on Jul 5th, 1916 and was buried in the Beauval Communal Cemetery
The women in the photo are Walter's mother and his sister.
The family lived here until 1915.
Walter's father was a farmworker (traction engine driver) and worked
on the farm at Washingford House, to which this was a tied-cottage.
Mereside Cottage in Brooke, Norfolk.
Holly Hill, on Sunnyside, Bergh Apton.
This was where his parents moved soon after he had
been killed, and where they lived out their lives.
Military Records Contact: Daniel B. Breen
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