This story is the result of an investigation of documents held by Surrey History Centre. The file (SHC ref. CC7/4/4, nos. 1-50) contains correspondence and insurance claims on behalf of Surrey County Council Education Department employees who had been killed in action during the Great War. The cases date from 1915 to 1918.
Case 13: Walter Norman Welton
Originally part of the 4th Queen’s Royal West Surreys, Walter was transferred to the Royal Engineers. On 26 June 1916, Welton, a woodwork instructor in Surrey schools, died from gas poisoning at No. 4 Casualty Clearing Station along with four comrades (all died of similar causes). He is buried at Beauval Cemetery in France. His mother and father, George and Elizabeth Welton, lived in Norwich. Walter left his wife, Alice Martha, and their 1 year old son.