Walter Purton

Name

Walter Purton

Conflict

First World War

Date of Death / Age

24/10/1916
25

Rank, Service Number & Service Details

Private
19159
Bedfordshire Regiment
7th Bn.

Awards: Service Medals/Honour Awards

1914 /15 Star, British War and Victory medals

Cemetery/Memorial: Name/Reference/Country

REGINA TRENCH CEMETERY, GRANDCOURT
IV. C. 1.
France

Headstone Inscription

REST IN PEACE

UK & Other Memorials

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

Pre War

.Walter was born, the youngest son, in 1890 in Northchurch, Herts (1891 census) to George Purton and Elizabeth (nee Rolph). There were 2 older brothers and 6 sisters in the family at High St Northchurch.


On the 1911 Census Walter’s occupation is Chemical Worker.

Wartime Service

Walter had enlisted in Bedford for the Bedfordshire Regiment.


The 7th Battalion arrived in France July 1915 and were heavily engaged in Battles on the Somme in 1916. Between 23 – 26 Oct 1916 7th Beds were in Front Line at Regina Trench waiting to attack. This was delayed by weather and during this period Walter was killed in action on 24 Oct 1916

Additional Information

War gratuity of £8 10s. and arrears of £3 12s. 1d. paid to his parents.

Acknowledgments

Neil Cooper, Brenda Palmer
Jonty Wild, www.dacorumheritage.org.uk/first-world-war-database