Thursday, 28 July 2016

Walter (Wally) Wale 1897-1917, age 20

Barnsley Independent 22nd December 1917 
A snip from a group photograph of Barnsley clerks who joined the Y&L Territorials.
Thanks to Barnsley Archives.
Born: 1897 Q2 in Gamlingay, Cambridge, full name Walter David Purvis Wale.

Son of: Mrs L Larkins of 27 Racecommon Road, Barnsley.
Husband of: Lily Wale nee Smith of 2 Spencer Street, Mansfield, Notts. They married in Mansfield in 1917 Q3. Wally was a clerk in the employ of Messrs McLintock and Sons, Summer Lane, Barnsley. 

Military Service: Walter was a Lance Corporal in the York and Lancaster Regiment, 2/5th battalion, (Territorials), service number 5/2375, and 200648. He attested on 3rd September 1914, giving his age as 19 years (his actual age was 17) and his address as 27, Racecommon Road, Barnsley

Death: 27th November 1917 in France.

Remembered: Cambrai Memorial, Louveral, France, panel 9 and 10. Walter has no known grave.

Find a grave link: here 
Commonwealth War Graves Commission link: here  

Note: The Barnsley Independent on 22nd December 1917 reported:
"[...] On Sunday last, information was received that Lance Corporal Wally Wale was missing. The news was conveyed in a letter written by Lance Corporal A. Jackson, who stated 'We went over the top on November 27th, and the last that was seen of Wally was about seven o'clock in the morning. I can tell you that I miss him because he was my chum. We both came out from Clipstone together.' Lance Corporal Wale who is 20 years of age was only 17 when he joined the Army and spent his eighteenth birthday in the trenches. Invalided home he spent some time at Clipstone where he was Quartermaster Sergeant and in August last was married. His wife resides at Mansfield and his mother Mrs Larkin at 27, Racecommon Road, Barnsley.[...]"

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