Born: 1893, 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.



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



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