Born: 1884, Stoke, Ipswich.
Died: 12th March 1915; age: 31; KiA. At the Battle of Neuve Chapelle
Enlistment Location: Ipswich.
Rank: Sergeant; Service Number: 252
Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 4th Battalion.
Medals Awarded: Victory, British War & 1914 Star.
Pas de Calais,
1891 9, Little Whip Street, Ipswich.
Walter was 7 years old and living with his parents & siblings + step brother.
Charles Henry Albert Ling, 37, a Carpenter, born Halesworth, Suffolk.
Sarah Ling (nee Cousins), 40, born Halesworth.
Frederick Cousins, 18, a Sugar Boiler, born Halesworth.
Emma Eliza Ling, 12, born Halesworth.
Richard William Ling, 10, born Halesworth.
Fanny Amelia Ling, 8, born Halesworth.
Thomas Alfred Ling, 5, born Ipswich.
Daisy Sarah Ling, 2, born Ipswich.
Laura Eva Ling, 7 months, born Ipswich.
1901 7, Kenyon Street, Ipswich.
Walter was 16 years old, a Worker of Lift. He was living with his parents & siblings.
Charles, 46, a Carpenter.
Richard, 20, a Plumber.
Thomas, 14, a Groom.
1911 7, Kenyon Street, Ipswich.
Walter was 27 years old, a Coach Painter. He was living with his widowed father & sisters.
Charles, 56, a Carpenter.
Daisy, 22, a Dressmaker.
Laura, 21, the Housekeeper – at home.
In 1911, Ipswich, Walter married Annie Ethel Eley, born October 1879, Ipswich.
They had 1 daughter:
Irene Margaret Ling, born November 1911, Ipswich.
Soldiers’ Effects to Annie Ling – widow.
The Battle of Neuve Chapelle 10th – 13th March 1915 was the first planned British offensive of the war. The objective was to take the German line at the Village of Neueve Chapelle and break out and head towards the City of Lille, with the main objective taking the Aubers Ridge beyond which was of strategic value. The Battle started well with a heavy bombardment of the German line (more shells fired on this occasion than the entire Boer War) with an advance which successfully took most of the first and second line trenches, but due to poor communications stalled once the village had been taken. The Germans then had time to set up more defensive lines outside of the village and hold the British advance. 40,000 British and Indian troops took part in the Battle with over 10,000+ Casualties.
Suffolk Regiment, 4th Battalion
The 4th Battalion the Suffolk Regiment entered the battle on the 11th of March taking up positions on the out skirts of the Neuve Chapelle facing the Bois Du Biez which later were ordered to occupy. The 4th Battalion lost many men through shelling on their positions followed by a counter attack on the 12th by the Germans. In total the Battalion sustained 217 casualties.