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  • This photo was first published in the Retford Times following the death of Walter Randall
Person Details
Clarborough, Retford, Nottinghamshire
Eli Randall and Mary Ann Brown married 1894 and settled down in Retford, Mary Ann’s town of birth. They lived in Beardsall Row where Eli was a railway porter. This was also the place where they bought up their nine children born between 1896 and 1914, John Henry, Walter Cecil, George, Alice, Stephen , Charles , Joyce, Nora and Janet. By 1911 Eli had been promoted and was now employed as a railway shunter. 15 year old John Henry (Harry) was also working, being employed in the local India Rubber works and 14 year old Walter Cecil as a draper’s errand boy.
He was in the employ of Mr W Motteshed, Carolgate, and in the loco department of the Great Northern Railway
12 Sep 1917
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Private
1/8th Bn Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regiment)
Walter enlisted at Retford and was killed in action in France where his name is commemorated on the Loos Memorial. Pte Walter Randall Retford Times 28 Sept 1917 As intimated last week, Pte Walter Randall, Sherwood Foresters Lewis Gun Section was killed in action on the night of 12th inst. He was the second son of Mr and Mrs E Randall, 1 Beardsall Row, Retford, grandson of the late Sergt H Brown, Osborne Vaults (who served in the old Retford Volunteer Corps for half a century) and nephew of Sergt A Brown, Ordsall whose death was recorded a fortnight ago. Pte Walter Randall, who was in his 21st year was a month ago on leave of absence with Pte George West, Thrumpton Lane; and Pte Clark and returned to France on Aug 21st. It will be recalled that the deceased’s brother, Pte Harry Randall, made the great sacrifice over two years ago, and another brother George has recently joined the colours. Pte George West in a letter to the bereaved parents says:- “I hope you will try and hear the sad news as well as you can. Your son’s death made me very ill as we were such big pals. I cannot tell exactly how it happened but I know he felt no pain. A large number made the great sacrifice including Parkin from Hayton, Darwin from Clayworth, Billy Bell, Ordsall who had his legs blown off and was still alive when he was carried out of the trenches. We have lost one of the best lads in the Battalion in Walter, who was liked by everyone who knew him. He was always willing to do anything set before him. Much sympathy is felt by all the Retford lads with you in your great loss of your dear son.” Other letters have been received from Pte Clark who states:- “I have lost one of my best pals when I lost Walter; Pte A N Scott (in a London hospital) who refers to the deceased as a good, straightforward and honest soldier and says that the loss of his great friend “is another example of fine young life lost in endeavour to uphold righteousness and national honour.” “Your son was a good soldier and will be greatly missed by everyone in his company; he was cheerful under all circumstances and a general favourite where ever he went” writes Lieut Elly. Like his brothers, Pte W Randall joined the Retford Territorials when 17 years of age. He was an old National School boy and was in the employ of Mr W Motteshed, Carolgate, and in the loco department of the Great Northern Railway. Mr and Mrs Randall have received a large number of letters of Sympathy.
Walter's brother Pte Harry Randall was also killed in Belgium on 24 April 1915. Research by Colin Dannatt
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  • This photo was first published in the Retford Times following the death of Walter Randall
    Walter Cecil Randall - This photo was first published in the Retford Times following the death of Walter Randall