CHEETHAM, Walter Ernest, 2788, Lance Corporal.
1st/6th (T F) Battalion, South Staffordshire Regiment.
He was born in 1894 at Aston Warwickshire the son of Ernest and Florence Cheetham and the adopted son of Fountain E and Edith J Lane.
He enlisted at Wolverhampton, Staffs and was deployed to France on the 4th March 1915.
He died of wounds at No. 8 Casualty Clearing Station, France on the 24th June 1915 aged 20.
He is buried in Plot K. 2. Bailleul Communal Cemetery Nord, France.
Walter was entitled to the 1914-15 Star, War Medal and Victory Medal.
He was killed on the same day that he had been promoted to Lance Corporal.
At the time of the 1911 census he was living with the Lanes’ at Ashcroft, Slater St, Darlaston.
Fountain Edward Lane. H (46)
Edith Juliet Lane. W (39)
Sylvia Ruby Lane. D (17)
Winifred Edith Lane. D (15)
Walter Ernest Cheetham. Boarder (16) Office Clerk in Bolt works.
Dorothy Williams. Visitor (4)
His is also remembered on the Wednesbury War Memorial and his name was also recorded on the F. W. Cotterill Ltd Memorial.
His birth father was a theatrical actor.
The Lanes managed an Off-Licence at 1, Albert St, Darlaston.
From his will we see that he left £53 18s 7d.
(The photograph of him at the head of his page was taken when he was about 13 years old.)