Born: 1892, Stoke, Ipswich.

Died: 17th May 1915; age: 22; Died of Wounds.

E.A.D.T. – Saturday, 29th May 1915 – Mr. Fitch, of 165, Wherstead Road, has received a letter from Lieutenant Cyril Catchpole, informing him of the death of his son, Private Walter Charles Fitch, of the 4th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Lieutenant Catchpole adds: “He was buried near his pal, Ted Spinks, in a quiet orchard in the rear of the firing line. Your son was buried in the morning, and Ted Spinks went out and gathered some flowers and placed them on your son’s grave. The same afternoon poor Ted Spinks was killed by shrapnel. I shall miss your son and Ted, as they were both in my team.”

Residence: 165, Wherstead Road, Ipswich.

Employed: from the 6th July 1914, with Great Eastern Railways, as a Permanent Way Labourer, at Ipswich.

Enlistment Location: Ipswich; Date: March 1912; aged 19.

Walter was a Soldier for the 4th Suffolk Territorials – when war broke out he volunteered for overseas service.

Date of Entry Therein: 8th November 1914.


Rank: Private; Service Number: 1436

Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 4th Battalion.


Medals Awarded: Victory, British War & 1914 Star.


Grave Reference:


Royal Irish Rifles Graveyard,


Pas de Calais,



Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Mr. J. Fitch, of 165, Wherstead Road, Ipswich.






1901   17, Station Street, Ipswich.


Walter was 8 years old and living with his parents, siblings & cousin.

James Fitch, 48, a Skillful Labourer – Iron Foundry, born Woodbridge, Suffolk.

Frances Fitch (nee Mitchell), 53, born Pimlico, Middlesex.

Francis Edwin Fitch, 19, a Cigar Maker, born Ipswich.

Elizabeth Mary Fitch, 17, a Railway Pipeline Cleaner, born Ipswich.

George Henry Fitch, 11, born Ipswich.

Ethel May Fitch, 8, born Ipswich.


1911   165, Wherstead Road, Ipswich.


Walter was 18 years, a Butcher. He was living with his parents, siblings & cousin – whom Walter’s parents had now adopted.

James, 57, an Iron Borer – Engineer Foundry.

Frances, 63.

William, 27, a Platelayer.

George, 21, a Butcher.

Ethel, 18, Help at Home.


Soldiers’ Effects to James Fitch – father.


Walter is also remembered on the Great Eastern Railway war memorial, Liverpool Street Station, London and at St. Mary at Stoke Church, Ipswich.



GER Toll for the Brave.

See Edwards Spinks (TED) letters home.

Extra information courtesy of Keith Barker – Great Eastern Railway Society

Suffolk Regiment, 4th Battalion:

Suffolk Regiment Battalion movements


Friends of The Suffolk Regiment


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  • Many thanks for what is listed on Walter and George Fitch. They were my Great Uncles. They sacrificed their lives, so me and my generation did not have to war.


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