Walter Young, the houseman who joined the Royal Field Artillery

Walter was born in 1887, the son of David (a platelayer on the railway) and Mary Anne Young who initially lived at Crossways, Witley, but were in Tuesley by 1899. Walter married Rose Wilson on 9 July 1910 at All Saints’ Church, Witley when he was a houseman on a farm at Lower Roke. They had two sons, Walter David (born in 1911) and William (born in 1913). Rose was living at Crossways, Witley in 1921 and Yew Tree Road, Milford in 1923. Walter David died in June 1923 and is buried in All Saints’ churchyard.

The part of the cemetery where Walter is buried relates to the fighting in 1918 when the 54th Casualty Clearing Station was located at Aire and was, for a while, less than 13 kilometres from the German line. Walter died of illness in the casualty clearing station but nothing is known of his service.

The additional dedication on Walter’s headstone reads “Sleep on dear boy and have thy rest God taketh those he loveth best”. Walter was awarded the 1914/15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.

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