Walter Welling *1


Walter Welling *1


First World War

Date of Death / Age


Rank, Service Number & Service Details

Princess Charlotte of Wales’ (Royal Berkshire) Regiment
6th Bn.

Awards: Service Medals/Honour Awards

British War and Victory medals

Cemetery/Memorial: Name/Reference/Country

VI. B. 3.

Headstone Inscription

Thy will be done

UK & Other Memorials

Northchurch Village Memorial, St Mary’s Church Window, Northchurch, Berkhamsted War Memorial*1, Hertfordshire Regimental Memorial, All Saints Church, Hertford

Pre War

Walter was born in 1891, the eldest son of Frederick Welling and Alice (nee Miller). of New Rd., Northchurch, Berkhamsted, Herts.

He married Kate Keen in 1916. His occupation is listed as Labourer.

Wartime Service

Walter enlisted at Hertford as Private 5779 in the Hertfordshire Regiment. Later he transferred to Royal Berkshire Regt. The 6th Berkshires were moved to the Somme area in early Sep from Flanders. In late Sept they took part in the Battle Thiepval Ridge, attacking the Schwaben Redoubt on 28 Sep 1916.

There were considerable losses and Walter was wounded later dying on 29 Sep 1916.

Additional Information

*1 His surname has been incorrectly recorded as “W Willing” on the St Peter’s Church Memorial, Berkhamsted. His wife, Mrs K. Welling, New Rd., Northchurch, Berkhamsted, Herts. ordered his headstone inscription: "Thy will be done". War Gratuity of £3 and arrears of £3 0s 1d paid to his widow Kate. His younger brother Arthur served with Machine Gun Corps and was Killed In Action Aug 1917.


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