Photographs courtesy of Ann Gregory & Marton Warwickshire History Group.
Born: 5th March 1886, Marton, Warwickshire.
Died: 29th December 1914; age: 28; Died of Wounds received at Broadwater Auxiliary Hospital, Belstead Road, Ipswich.
Residence: Chapel-en-le-Frith, Derby, Derbyshire.
Occupation: Police Constable -187 – Bolton County Borough Police.
Enlistment Location: Warwickshire.
Date of Entry Therein: 19th September 1914.
Rank: Corporal; Service Number: 9962.
Regiment: Royal Warwickshire Regiment, 1st Battalion.
Medals Awarded: Victory, British War & 1914 Star.
Relatives Notified & Address: Son of William & Joyce Wells, of Marton, Warwickshire.
1891 Oxford Road, Marton, Warwickshire.
Walter was 5 years old and living with his parents & siblings.
William Wells, 39, a General Labourer, born Wolston, Warwickshire.
Joyce Wells (nee Gutteridge), 49, born Princethorpe, Warwickshire.
Joseph Henry Wells, 17, a Farm Labourer, born Marton.
Mary Jane Wells, 11, born Marton.
William James Wells, 8, born Marton.
Stephen Wells, 6, born Marton.
1901 31, Rokeby Street, Rugby, Warwickshire.
Walter was 14 years old and living with his sister, brother-in-law & nephew.
Frank Porter, 27, a Bricklayer, born Birmingham, Warwickshire.
Joyce Elizabeth Porter (nee Wells), 24, born Marton.
Francis Charles Porter, 1 month, born Rugby.
1911 Ceylon & India.
Walter was 25 years old, a Soldier ranked Private for the 1st Battalion of the Warwickshire Regiment.
Walter’s mother, Joyce Wells died 1900, Rugby. His father, William Wells died 1913, Warwickshire.
Soldiers’ Effects to Mrs. Mary Jane Mayer – sister.
Walter is remembered on the war memorial at the Market Place, Chapel-en-le-Frith, Derby, Derbyshire.
MILITARY FUNERAL AT IPSWICH.
A VICTIM OF THE WAR.
1915 Suffolk Chronicle & Mercury newspaper.
The first death to occur amongst the large number of wounded soldiers brought from the front to the two hospitals at Ipswich took place early in last week, when Corporal Walter Wells, of the 1st Battalion Warwickshire Regiment, passed away. The deceased was 28 years of age, and a policeman in the Bolton City Force, who being a reservist, rejoined the colours when war was declared. He came to the Broadwater Hospital with the second convoy of wounded, and seemed to progress with his wound, but it took a turn for the worst, and despite the utmost skill and attention his life could not be saved. Deceased was of a cheery disposition, and was very popular with the hospital staff and his fellow patients.
The funeral took place on Friday afternoon, when full military honours were accorded. As the cortege left Broadwater the nurses and staff lined either side of the roadway. First came a carriage, in which were the Rev. R.W. Barber, rector of St. Mary Stoke, the Rev. Joseph Wood, rector of St. Helen’s, Mrs. Wood, and Miss Mary Coulcher. Next followed a firing party with rifles reversed, and a gun -carriage drawn by six horses, upon which rested the coffin, draped with the Union Jack, surmounted by deceased cap. Six soldiers of the R.F.A. from the Barracks acted as bearers. The mourners included Mrs. Mayer, (deceased’s sister), Private Stephen Wells (brother), 7th Warwickshires, and Miss Mayer (niece), Miss Turner (matron at Broadwater), and nurses and several convalescent patients from the same institution. The rear was brought up by about 40 non-commissioned officers and men of the 4th Battery R.F.A. under Capt. Clarken and Lieut. Morgan, a detachment of the St. John Ambulance, and about 16 constables of the Ipswich Borough Police, under Sergts. Chenery, Aldous, and Snell. The officiating clergymen were the Rev. R.W. Barber, Rev. J. Wood, and Rev. C.J. Howard, curate of St. Matthew’s. At the graveside three volleys were fired, and the buglers sounded the “Last Post.”
Floral tributes were sent by the relatives, comrades at the Hospital, staff at Broadwater, workers in hospital laundry , Ipswich centre of St. John Ambulance, the Ipswich Borough Police, Mrs. Wood etc.