Thursday, 24 November 2016

Walter Heath 1888 - 1916

Walter Heath 16th September 1916 Barnsley Chronicle
with thanks to Barnsley Archives
Born: 1888 in Barnsley

Military Service: 
Enlisted: 14th May 1908
Regiment: York and Lancaster Regiment, 1st Battalion
Service number and rank: 9189 Corporal
Entered Theatre of War: France 15 January 1915
Awards: 1915 Star, Victory Medal, the British War Medal

Death:  3 September 1916 age 28 
Buried at:  Barnsley Cemetery, Barnsley, Yorkshire.
Plot no:  (d) 591
St Marys Church Barnsley Combined War Memorial

Links & Notes:

Lives of the First World War
Walter is not remembered on the CWGC website - probably because he was discharged from the Army before his death. 

From the Barnsley Chronicle 9 September 1916. With thanks to Barnsley Archives.

After a period of seven years and 292 days of faithful service in the Army, Corporal W. Heath 1st Battalion, York and Lancaster Regiment, has died at his home where he has been an invalid about six months. He resided with his parents at 1 Fitzwilliam Street, Barnsley. Corporal Heath who was only 28 years of age, was seriously wounded at St. Julian in 1915 and was transferred to Woking Hospital, Surrey.  At the outbreak of war, he was in India with his regiment. A full military funeral was accorded the soldier on Wednesday afternoon and this was witnessed by a tremendous crowd of sympathisers.  On route the blinds of residences and businesses were reverently lowered as the solemn cortege wended its way to the cemetery headed by the Reservists Band, which discoursed the Dead March. At the graveyard the scene was a touching one as the mortal remains of the hero were laid in their final resting place.  A contingent of soldiers of soldiers were present from Silkstone Camp and after the firing party had discharged their function, the Last Post was sounded.

1891 CENSUS 5th April 1891 with thanks to

Walter is living with his parents and brother in the home of his grandmother in Blucher Street, Barnsley, 
Elizabeth  Timperley aged 52 born in Woodford, Cheshire. Also in the house are two aunts, Sarah and Florence Barnes,who both work at the Down Clothing Factory.
His father William is a Coal Miner, born in Golden Hill Staffordshire. His mother Emma was born in Painton, Cheshire and is a Cotton Drawer.

ARMY SERVICE 1908 - 1916

Walter Heath enlisted on 14 May 1908.
He served in India between 4 January 1910 and 18 November 1914.
He served in France between 15 January 1915 and 5 May 1915.
He suffered a shrapnel wound to the left side in France and was later operated on for an abscess of the liver. His lungs became infected and he "has been gradually wasting and is not likely to get better". He was discharged in February 1916 as permanently disabled. He died in September 1916 in Barnsley.

Additional research by Linda Hutton from Walter's page on Lives of the First World War.

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