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  • Commonwealth War Graves Commission headstone marking his grave at Tyne Cot cemetery, Belgium, Courtesy of Murray Biddle
Person Details
Nottingham
Walter was born in 1897 the youngest son of Joseph a miner and Matilda Stevenson, née Blyth. His father was born at Nottingham in 1853 and his mother at Reedham Norfolk in 1851. Married at Nottingham in 1875, they had seven children all born at Nottingham. Walter’s siblings were Alfred b.1876, William b.1878, Joseph b.1881, George b.1886, Mabel b.1888 and Hannah b.1892. In 1911 the family lived at 8 Highfield Road Dunkirk Nottingham.
He was a coal miner.
29 Jul 1916
20
464779 - CWGC Website
20008
Private
4th Bn Grenadier Guards
Walter Stevenson enlisted in Nottingham and served with the 1st Company 4th Battalion Grenadier Guards. He landed in France on 10th December 1915 and died on 29th July 1916 of wounds received in action. Walter was buried in Tyne Cot Cemetery (grave ref: LXIII D 1)
Private Walter Stevenson, wrote to ask for cigarettes to be sent to him in a letter published on 7th February 1916 in the Nottingham Evening Post it read :- 'As receiver of the “F.P.”. each week I have noticed that you have a “Cigarette Fund” for “Tommy” in France. I have also read the thanks of many men for cigarettes received in various regiments. I along with other Nottingham boys belong to the Grenadiers, which you know is one of Nottingham's regiments. In my section alone there are five of us, so could some one please remember us? If so, send to Private W. Stevenson, 20008, 1st Company, 4th Grenadier Guards, B.E.F., France, and I will see that they are given out fairly. I see the Reds are still going strong. Perhaps you will recollect me as late secretary to Abbey Street Prims. in the Notts. Sunday School League. We get some decent football here when we come out for a rest. The last time we were out No. 1 Company were beaten by No. 2 Company 2-1. By the way, J. Partridge, of Leicester Fosse, played for No. 2 Company, and several other men well known in “peace time” round Nottingham and district. It is quite a common thing here to see troops playing within easy range of shell fire. But after all this roll on the end, and let us play where it is more comfortable. Hoping you do not mind this letter.' Letter courtesy of Jim Grundy and his facebook pages Small Town Great War Hucknall 1914-1918. His elder brother also enlisted (at Nottingham on 7th September 1914) and served (16405) in the Sherwood Foresters. He was discharged on 21st July 1916 being unfit for further military service and awarded a silver badge.
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  • Commonwealth War Graves Commission headstone marking his grave at Tyne Cot cemetery, Belgium, Courtesy of Murray Biddle
    Walter Stevenson - Commonwealth War Graves Commission headstone marking his grave at Tyne Cot cemetery, Belgium, Courtesy of Murray Biddle