Walter Palmer


About Walter

  • Name
  • Initials
  • Surname
  • Date of Birth
    28 March 1897
  • Birth town
    New Fletton, Peterborough
  • Resided town
    March, Cambridgeshire
  • Commemorated
  • Nationality
  • Place of death
  • Date of death
  • Married
  • Occupation
    Cycle Repairer

Service Information

  • Army

  • Service Number
  • Rank
  • Regiment
    Cambridgeshire Regiment


Walter Palmer was born in New Fletton, Peterborough, Huntingdonshire on 28 March 1897, to Charles Palmer (from Woodston) and Betsey Ann Blackman (from Yaxley), who married in Peterborough in 1892.

On the 1901 Census, the family were living in Woodston, Peterborough and Betsey Ann’s father, Jonathan, is living with them as well as Alexander Wilkinson, a bricklayer who was boarding with the family. Charles was employed as a railway fireman.

The 1911 Census, lists 14 year old Walter living with his family at 6 Wigstones Road, March, Cambridgeshire. Charles Palmer was employed as an engineman with the Great Eastern Railway. Of the seven children born to Charles and Betsey Ann, six were still alive and all were living at home. Walter had two older brothers: Frank (17), a farm labourer and Charles (15), a grocer’s errand boy. Walter was employed as a part-time errand boy. There were three younger children, Ivy (10), Olive (6) and Harry (4). All the children were born in New Fletton or Woodston except Harry, who was born in March, suggested that the family may have lived in March between 1905 and 1907.

The Cambridge Independent Press for Friday 16 July 1915, lists the men who joined the 3/1st Cambridgeshire Regiment during the past week. Walter Palmer is listed along with his next door neighbour who was two years his junior, Herbert Samuel Deller. Walter’s service records show he enlisted with the 3/1 Cambridgeshire Regiment and reported for duty on 7 July 1915. He was 19 years of age and 5 feet 2 inches in height. He gives his occupation as cycle repairer. He was still living at home with his parents.

Walter signed the visitors’ book on 15 August 1916.  At that time he was a ‘Gunner’ with the Cambridgeshire Regiment, stationed at Killing Moor Camp, Harrogate.  On the 30 August 1916, just a couple of weeks after his book entry, he was transferred to the 1/5 Yorkshire Regiment and sailed from Folkstone to Boulogne.

Walter qualified as a machine gunner and records indicate he was wounded in action on 29 October 1917, with a shell injury in his left arm.  In February 1918, he returned to the UK on 14 days leave, rejoining his battalion on 16 March.  He was declared missing in action on 27 May 1918.  A month later confirmation came though that he was in fact a Prisoner of War.  The Cambridgeshire Times, lists ‘Private W. Palmer, Yorkshire Regiment, from March as a ‘Prisoner of War’, previously listed as ‘Missing’’.  He was repatriated on 1 December 1918, and discharged on 30 March 1919.

Walter married Gladys A Bridgstock in 1921 and in the 1939 Register, Walter was still living in March, at 13 Maple Grove West. He was employed by the London North Eastern Railway (LNER) as a steam joint maker. His parents Charles and Betsey Ann, died in 1944 and 1954 respectively.

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