GILDER, Walter, 16970, Private.
18th Battalion, Lancashire Fusiliers.
He was born at Darlaston in 1895 the eldest son of Charles and Mary Gelder.
He enlisted at Darlaston.
He was killed in action on the 24th August 1916.
He has no known grave and he is remembered on the Thiepval Memorial, France.
The Thiepval Memorial, the Memorial to the Missing of the Somme, bears the names of more than 72,000 officers and men of the United Kingdom and South African forces who died in the Somme sector before 20 March 1918 and have no known grave.
Walter was entitled to the War Medal and Victory Medal.
On the Memorial and in military sources he is recorded as Gilder, in the census’s and Electoral rolls the spelling in Gelder.
At the time of the 1911 census the family were living at 56c, Hewitt’s Buildings, Foundry St, Darlaston.
Charles Gelder. H (41)
Mary Gelder. W (34)
Walter Gelder. S (15) Tube fitter’s labourer in Tube Works.
Mary Gelder. D (11)
Albert Gelder. S (7)
Martha Gelder. D (9)
William Gelder. S (5)
Clara Gelder. D (4)
David Gelder. S (1)
Joseph Gelder. S (1month)