Walter Naylor


Private 6123, 1st/4th (Territorial) Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers

Died 11th April 1918 aged 26

No Known Grave Commemorated Ploegsteert Memorial, Belgium

Son of Henry and Sarah Naylor

Lived 15, Battye Street, Heckmondwike

Walter was born at the end of 1892. His father was Henry Naylor born in 1851 and his mother was Sarah nee Redfearn born in 1862. His father Henry had been previously married to Susan nee Gledhill who died in 1887, so Walter had two older step brothers . His parents married at the end of 1888 and they had an older son, Arthur B Naylor in 1890.

The family were living in Battye Street in 1891 and stayed there until, sadly, Walter’s father Henry Naylor died at the beginning of 1917. It appears that his mother Sarah moved to Langsett Road, Sheffield, according to the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Walter trained as a Barber/Hairdresser and was in business in Norristhorpe before he joined the Northumberland Fusiliers.

He went to France in 1915 and was wounded at the Battle of Loos. Nine months later he was wounded again.

He died on 11th April 1918 in France and has no known grave. His name is commemorated on the Ploegsteert Memorial, Hainaut, Belgium.

His commanding officer praised his hard work and reassured his family that his death was instantaneous and would have been painless and that he was held in high esteem by a large number of friends.

He and his family were connected with George Street Congregational Chapel and his name is on their War Memorial.

His name is also on both the Heckmondwike Green Park Memorial and Cleckheaton War Memorial as well as St. Saviour’s Memorial and the Parish Church Memorial.

He was awarded the British War Medal and the Victory Medal.{MA-094}

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