Born: 1892, Stoke, Ipswich.

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

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.

Walter was a Soldier for the 4th Suffolks 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 – who was now adopted by Walter’s parents.

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.

Extra information courtesy of Keith Barker – Great Eastern Railway Society

Suffolk Regiment, 4th Battalion:

Suffolk Regiment Battalion movements


Friends of The Suffolk Regiment


One Comment

  • 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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