From Hoole History and Heritage Society

WALTERS, William Henry

Regiment: 20th Bn The King’s (Liverpool Regiment)

Rank: Lance Corporal

Number: 49315

Died: 31 July 1917

Aged: 40

Buried/ Memorial: Bedford House Cemetery, Belgium

Address: 19 Lime Grove, Hoole

Chester Chronicle 25 August 1917


Lance-Corpl. Wm. Henry Walters, King’s Liverpool Regiment, has been killed in action. He was 40 years of age, lived at 19, Lime Grove, Hoole, and had been for over 20 years a clerk in the offices of Messrs. Potts, Potts and Gardener, solicitors, Chester. The news of his death has been received with great regret. He was highly esteemed by his employers and colleagues, and his manly qualities won him the warm regard of all who know him. He was eager to join the army soon after war broke out, but circumstances did not permit of his wish being gratified until June 1916, when he enlisted in the Liverpool Scottish. He went to the front in October of the same year and was attached, when out there, to another battalion. In the early part of January this year he was invalided home with trench feet, and was for a time at hospital in Oswestry. He was then sent down to Pembroke Dock and attached to another battalion. When again sent out to the front he was attached to still another battalion, this making four in all in which he had served. He fell on July 31st at a place not stated. A tall sturdy fellow, keen and smart in performing his duties, he made a first class soldier and would, had he been spared, undoubtedly have obtained further promotion, and probably the opportunity of taking a commission. Before enlisting he drilled with the Cheshire Volunteers for the purpose of obtaining a preliminary training. He was very well know in the city and was, when living in Handbridge before his marriage, a popular member of the Handbridge Institute. Deep sympathy is felt for his widow in her sad bereavement. There is no family. Messrs. Potts, Potts and Gardener have now lost three members of their staff in the war, the others being Second Lieut. Charles Potts (Cheshire Regiment) and Second Lieut. Burrell (Cheshire Regiment).