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Walter was the son of Richard and Elizabeth Charlton (née Pask). His father Richard was born in Radford, Nottingham, in 1854 (bap. Radford Christ Church 30 April 1854), the son of Richard and Elizabeth Charlton. His mother Elizabeth was born in Timberland, Lincolnshire, in 1854 (bap. Timberland 1 November 1857), the daughter of Richard and Ann Pask. Richard and Elizabeth were married at Radford St Peter on 29 March 1875 and had 13 children two of whom died young. Their surviving children, who were born in Radford, were Arthur b. 1876 bap. Radford Christ Church 24 September 1876, Edith b. 1880, Annie b. 1882 and Mary b. 1884 who were baptised at Christ Church on 24 September 1884, Ethel b. 1885, William b. 1887, Nellie b. 1889, and Ernest b. 1892, Walter b. 1894 and Dorothy b. 1898 who were baptised at Christ Church on 28 February 1900. The two children who died young were Richard b. 1875 d. 1875 and Gertrude b. 1878 bap. Christ Church 27 April 1879 d. 1881. From the baptismal records, the family was living at 15 Mitchell Street in 1876 and Castle Place in 1879. However, by 1881 Richard, a baker, his wife and their three surviving children, Arthur, Gertrude (who died later that year) and Edith were living at 68 Mitchell Street. The family was living on Craven Street, Radford in 1891 by which time Richard was employed as a parcel postman, but by 1900 had moved to 19 Leopold Street where they were still living at the time of the 1901 Census. Nine of Richard and Elizabeth's children were still living at home; Annie a laundry maid, Mary a paper bag maker, Ethel a box maker, William a confectioner, Nellie, Ernest and Walter who were school age, and Lily and Dorothy. Arthur had probably married Mary Ann Stimpson in 1898 (m. Codnor St James, Derbyshire) and Edith had married William Flewitt at Radford St Peter in 1899. Richard, described on the 1911 Census as 'disqualified medically auxiliary postman', and Elizabeth were living at 16 Collison Street, Hyson Green, Nottingham, with seven of their children: Mary a paper bag maker, William a commercial traveller (confectionery), Nellie a forewoman (lace/net), Ernest a groom/driver (pork butchers), Walter a dray lad (carrier), Lily a lace/net drawer and Dorothy. Annie has not yet been traced on the 1911 Census, but Ethel had married Walter Read in 1907. Elizabeth Charlton died on 16 April 1914; she and her husband were then living at 131 Forster Street, Radford. When their son Walter enlisted in 1915 his father was living at 14 Forster Street, Radford. Richard died on 14 November 1934 and was buried in Basford Cemetery. Walter was living at 41 Norton Street, Radford, when he enlisted in the army in 1915. He married Hetty Taylor (b. 1897) at Nottingham Register Office on 6 May 1916 and they had two daughters, Hetty b. 1917 (reg. J/F/M) and Dorothy b. 1918 d. 1918 (O/N/D). Walter was discharged from the army in September 1916 to 26 Gawthorne Street, New Basford. The couple also lived at 28 Clifford Street, Radford, and later at 22 Rye Street, New Basford. Walter died in December 1918 (see 'Miiitary history'). Hetty married Tom Leake in 1920 (A/M/J). Tom had served in the Durham Light Infantry (77974 Private) but was discharged (disability) on 17 July 1918. They had at least two daughters, Nancy (Charlton b. 1920) and Joan (b. 1924).
1911 - dray lad (carrier). He was employed as a town carter (carrier) when he enlisted in 1915.
41 Norton Street, Radford, Nottingham. Enlisted Nottingham
48th Bty Royal Field Artillery
48th Battery Royal Field Artillery Walter Charlton, a town carter, enlisted at Nottingham on 9 January 1915 aged 19 yrs and 10 months. He was living at 41 Norton Street, Radford, and named his father, Richard Charlton of 14 Foster Street, Radford, as his next of kin. He was posted as a driver to the Royal Field Artillery and joined at No 1 Depot Newcastle on Tyne on 13 January 1915. He was posted on 10 May 1915 to No 3 Battery Royal Field Artillery. Walter landed in France on 4 October 1915 and was wounded in action on 3 January 1916, suffering gun shot wounds to his right shoulder and hip. He was admitted to hospital in Boulogne where he underwent an operation to remove shrapnel from his wounds and was medically evacuated to England on 6 January 1916 for further treatment. Walter appeared before a Medical Board on 29 August 1916 and found medically unfit for war service due to his wounds; he walked with a limp and needed the aid of a stick. He was discharged from the Army on 25 September 1916 to 26 Gawthorne Street, New Basford. Walter was awarded a pension of 12 shillings 6 pence a week and issued with Silver Badge number 56331. He qualified for the 1915 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal. Walter died aged 23 in December 1918 and was buried on 6 December 1918. His name is not on the Commonwealth War Graves Commission list of dead.
His older brother, Ernest Charlton, joined the 2nd battalion Sherwood Foresters (19526 Lance Corporal) serving with the BEF France from 18 August 1915. He was posted to the 1st battalion and was killed in action at Gouzeaucourt on the Somme on 14 April 1917. Thiepval Memorial. (See record on this Roll of Honour)
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