Private Arthur Walters

© Royston Williamson 2015

Thank you to Lenka Cathersides for the following research.

Arthur Walters – Image from Official Birth Registration Indexes ©

Arthur Walters was born in the 2nd quarter of 1897 in Byfleet, Surrey, the only son of gardener Levi and Mary Jane nee Crane.

Arthur’s mother Mary Jane Crane was born in the first quarter of 1864 in Wantage, Berkshire. Mary  mother’s surname is stated to be Calladine. At the time of the 1871 Census, Mary Jane was a scholar at Wyndham Street and Hayston Place, St Andrews in Plymouth, Devon: an institution run by Sister Superior Frances of the Sisters of Mercy. At the time of the 1881 Census, Mary Jane was a kitchen maid of Captain Gurney Hanbury at Holmwood Lodge, Sunninghill, Windsor, Berkshire. Mary Jane married Levi in the 3rd quarter of 1894 in Abingdon, Berkshire. Arthur’s father Levi was born in the 4th quarter of 1859 in Frilford, Berkshire to agricultural labourer Henry Walters, born about 1814 in Frilford and Elizabeth Walters, born about 1815 in Steventon, Berkshire. At the time of the 1891 Census, Levi was working as a farmer’s carter and lived with his widowed mother and a sister at Village Street, Frilford.

Arthur Walters 1901 Census ©

At the time of the 1901 Census, the family lived at 2 Westcott Street, Clarendon Terrace, Westcott, Surrey. Levi was working as a gardener and Mary Jane was looking after Arthur. The house was also occupied by a tenant, district nurse, Louisa M. Taylor.

Arthur Walters 1911 Census ©

At the time of the 1911 Census, the family lived at 1 Shermanbury Cottages, Harrow Road, Dorking. The household was occupied by gardener Levi, Mary Jane and Arthur. The accommodation had five rooms.

Arthur’s mother Mary Jane died in 1912 and was buried on the 10th of December 1912 at St Martin’s in Dorking. At the time of her death she lived in Tower Hill, Dorking.

Arthur attested on the 7th of December 1915 into the Queen’s Regiment. He was a Private with regimental number 3253. At the time of his attestation he was working as a gardener and lived at 1 Shermanbury Cottages, Harrow Road, Dorking. He was 18 years old.

On the 8th of December 1915 he was made a reservist and mobilised on the 9th of October 1916. On the same date he was posted to the 2nd / 6th (Cyclist) Battalion, Norfolk Regiment. His new regimental number was 266139 and he was still a Private. He served at home.

Manor Hospital Epsom © Surrey History Centre

Arthur Walters died suddenly of pneumonia on the 21st of September 1918 at The Manor War Hospital in Epsom. Between 12th of August 1916 to 1st of April 1919. The Manor was used to treat military casualties.

Arthur Walters Death Notice 5th October 1918 © Dorking Advertiser

Arthur Walters Dorking Cemetery Roll of Honour ©

Arthur was buried at the Dorking Cemetery on the 25th of September 1918. His grave reference number is 19.99.69. His gravestone bears the inscription ‘Peace Perfect Peace’.

Arthur Walters Soldiers Effects ©

Arthur’s father Levi received £8 and 7d on the 29th of January 1919 and a further £6 on the 17th of December 1919 in Soldier’s Effects. Levi remarried widow Alice Louisa Sawyers on the 18th of October 1919 at St Paul’s in Dorking. The couple lived at 1 Shermanbury Cottages. At the time of his marriage Levi was working as a gardener. Levi Walters died in 1935 and was buried on the 14th of September 1935 at St Martin’s in Dorking. At the time of his death he lived at 2 The Almhouses in Dorking.

Private Arthur Walters

Born Byfleet, Surrey
Lived Dorking, Surrey
Son of Levi and Mary Ann Walters of 1, Shermanbury Cottages, Harrow Road East, Dorking
Regiment 2nd/6th Battalion. Norfolk Regiment
Number 266139
Date of Death 22nd September 1918
Place of Death Epsom, Surrey
Cause of Death Died of Pneumonia
Age 21
Cemetery Dorking Cemetery
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