Walter Howlett


Walter Howlett


First World War

Date of Death / Age


Rank, Service Number & Service Details

Bedfordshire Regiment
7th Bn.

Awards: Service Medals/Honour Awards

British War and Victory medals

Cemetery/Memorial: Name/Reference/Country

Pier and Face 2 C.

Headstone Inscription

No Report

UK & Other Memorials

Northchurch Village Memorial. St Mary’s Church Window, Northchurch

Pre War

Walter was born in Northchurch Herts in 1897 to William Howlett and Lucy (nee Lay).Walter had two older brothers and 4 sisters. They lived at 8, Alma Row, Northchurch, Berkhamsted, Herts.

Wartime Service

Walter enlisted in the 7th (Service) Battalion Bedfordshire Regiment as Private 25551.

The 7th (Service) Battalion was formed in Sep 1914 as part of Kitchener’s New Armies and went to France in July 1915 where they served throughout WW1.

In late Jun 1916 The Battalion was positioned on the Somme and on the night of  30 Jun/1 Jul moved into Front Line Trenches to take part in the first assault on Pommiers Redoubt after the barrage lifted. The objective was taken but Walter, as part of C Company, was reported killed in this action. His remains were not recovered and He is remembered on the Thiepval memorial to the Missing.


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