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Sneinton Nottingham
Walter was the son of Herbert and Anne Elizabeth Hopewell (née Terry). His father Herbert was born in Islington, Middlesex, in 1867 (O/N/D Islington London), the son of John and Elizabeth Hopewell. The family was living in Nottingham by 1881 when Herbert (13) was a miners' labourer although by 1891 he was working as a joiner. His mother Anne Elizabeth was born in Sneinton on 14 January 1871 (O/N/D Nottingham), the daughter of Henry and Eliza Terry. Herbert and Ann Elizabeth were married at Sneinton St Stephen on 24 October 1891 (O/N/D Nottingham) and had ten children of whom two died in infancy or childhood. Their surviving children were: Ethel b. 26 February 1893 bap. Sneinton St Stephen 12 June 1893; Henry Herbert b. 26 July 1894; John (Jack) William b. 28 September 1896 and Walter b. 1898 (O/N/D Nottingham) who were all born in Sneinton, twins Cyril and Mabel born in New Basford on 15 February 1902 and James Arthur b. 5 March 1907 and Florence b. 1910 (A/M/J Nottingham) who were both born in Nottingham. In 1893 when their daughter Ethel was baptised Herbert and Anne were living at 7 Byron Street, Sneinton. However, by 1901 Herbert, now a fish dealer on his own account, and Anne were living at 96 Sandon Street, New Basford, with their four children Ethel (8), Henry (6), John (4) and Walter (2). Also in the household was a boarder, Joseph Marlow (18). By 1911 the family had moved to 3a Newbridge Street, Nottingham, and Herbert's occupation was now that of a joiner. The eight surviving children were still living at home; Ethel, Henry, John, Walter, Cyril and Mabel (9), James (3) and Florence (under 1 year). The youngest child, Florence, died in 1912 (A/M/J Nottingham) aged 2. Walter's father Herbert died on 30 April 1930 (A/M/J Nottingham) and was buried on 3 May. His mother Anne Elizabeth was living at 34 Bunting Street, Nottingham, in 1939 when the England & Wales Register was compiled. Also in the household were her unmarried daughter Mabel and unmarried son James Arthur. Anne Elizabeth died on 4 September 1956 (J/A/S Nottingham) and was buried on 7 September. Of Walter's six surviving siblings: Ethel married William Heywood (b. 24 April 1880) in 1916 (A/M/J Nottingham). In 1939 they were living on Montpelier Road, Nottingham; William was emplyed as a motor trimmer. Also inthe hosuehold were their daughters Ethel (b. 26 May 1917) a hosiery cutter, Kathleen (b. 20 March 1921) a tobacco Henry Herbert may have served in the Sherwood Foresters during the war (266268 Private). He married Maud Chadburn (b. 13 April 1888) in 1921 (A/M/J Nottingham). In 1939 Henry, a coal dealer, and Maud were living on Willoughby Street, Nottingham, with their children Clara (b. 6 July 1923) a cutting room worker and James H. (b. 17 October 1927) who was at school. Henry died in 1972 (J/F/M Nottingham). John William may have served in the Sherwood Foresters (12234 Private). He married Jenny Birkin )b. 14 November 1897) in 1920 (J/A/S Nottingham). In 1939 they were living at Broadholme Street, Nottingham; John was an auto machine labourer and Jenny was a charwoman. The records of two other members of the household remain closed. John died in 1964 (J/A/S Nottingham). Cyril may have married Florence M Burton (b. 9 July 1901) and living at Spital Cottage, Blidworth, Nottinghamshire, in 1939. Cyril was an under gardener. Mabel was living with her mother and brother James at 34 Bunting Street, Nottingham, in 1939; she was employed as a Nottingham lace drawing hand. She died in 1986 (J/F/M Nottingham). James Arthur was living with his mother and sister Mabel at 34 Bunting Street, Nottingham, in 1939; he was a bakery and confectionery shop manager. He died in 1993 (O/N/D Nottingham).
28 Jun 1918
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Enlisted Nottingham
Lance Corporal
2nd Bn King's Own Scottish Borderers
Formerly 30503 Private, Notts & Derby Regt and 203333 Private Highland Light Infantry. He was killed in action on 28 June 1918 and buried in Tannay British Cemetery, Thiennes, France (grave ref. Plot 4. Row F. Grave 1). He qualified for the British War Medal and Victory Medal.
CWGC Tannay British Cemetery: ‘It was not until the German offensive of April 1918, by which Merville was overwhelmed and the German line brought past it along the Lys nearly as far as St. Venant, that Thiennes became a place of British burials … Rows D and E of Plot IV only men of the 2nd K.O.S.B. who died on the 28th (or in one case the 30th) June [Walter is buried in Row F] ... The cemetery was designed by Sir Herbert Baker.’ “HOPEWELL. – Killed in action, June 28th, 1918, Lce-Cpl. W. Hopewell, K.O.S.B., the dearly loved third son of Annie and Herbert Hopewell, 25 Pam-street. [?] [?Palin] Some day we hope to meet him, some time, we know not when, the clasp his hand, in that betterr [sic] land, never to part again. Dearly loved, sadly missed by his sorrowing mother, father (in France), [1] brother Harry (in France), [2] brother Jack (in Germany), [3] and brother and sisters at home. “HOPEWELL. – In loving memory of Lce-Cpl. Walter Hopewell, K.O.S.B., killed in action June 28th, 1918. A cheery word, a smile for all, he died a hero loved by all. – From sorrowing sister Ethel [Heywood], brother Will [Heywood] (in India), and niece Dolly.” [4] Nottingham Evening Post, ‘In Memoriam’, 28 June 1919 “HOPEWELL. – In loving remembrance of our dear son and brother, Lce.-Corpl. Walter Hopewell, K.O.S.B., who fell June 28th, 1918. Sadly missed. We never thought when from home you went that we would never see you again; you died in youth, as from home you were sent far from your kin and the land of your birth. – From his loving mother, father, sisters, brothers, Jack [John] with the colours, Bill [Will Heywood] in the Dardanelles, and little niece Dolly.” [5] [1] Pte. Herbert Hopewell, Labour Corps. [2] Possibly Pte. Harry Hopewell, Army Pay Corps. [Correction: Henry Herbert Hopewell, probably 26628 Private Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regiment)] [3] Pte. John Hopewell, “B” Company, 2nd Battalion Nottinghamshire & Derbyshire Regiment, was taken prisoner on 20th October 1914. [4] 'Nottingham Evening Post,' 15th July 1918. [5] 'Nottingham Evening Post,' 28th June 1919. Above newspaper entries and information is courtesyof Jim Grundy and his facebook pages Small Town Great War Hucknall 1914-1918 Registers of Soldiers' Effects: his father, Herbert Hopewell, was his legatee. WW1 Pension Ledgers Index Cards: names his mother. Mrs Ann Elizabeth Hopewell.
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