Walter Edward Aldis


About Walter Edward

  • Name
    Walter Edward
  • Initials
  • Surname
  • Date of Birth
  • Birth town
    Runham, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk
  • Resided town
    Alpington, Norwich
  • Commemorated
  • Nationality
  • Place of death
    Bury St Edmunds
  • Date of death
  • Married
  • Occupation
    Market Gardener

Service Information

  • Army

  • Service Number
  • Rank
  • Regiment
    Essex Regiment


Private W E Aldis passed through Peterborough East Station and signed the visitors’ book on 10 August 1916.  He stated in the book he was in the ‘Essex Regiment, late Norfolk Regiment’ so it is possible that he came from Norfolk.  The battalion had been based at Thetford but moved to Harrogate in July 1916, so as he came through Peterborough in August, he may have been travelling on leave to or from home in Norfolk.

Based on this information, we believe this soldier to be Walter Edward Aldis, born in Runham near Great Yarmouth in about 1883.  His parents William and Hannah had 16 children, sadly five died very young.   William’s father was a railway signalman who changed career and became a market gardener, employing at least two of his sons in the business.

It has not been possible to trace any military records for Walter, but it is known he married Clara Rodwell in 1916; no children have been traced.  In 1939, Walter and Clara were living at Four Ashes Cottage, Thedwastre near Bury St Edmunds and Walter was employed as a private gardener.

Walter died in Bury St Edmunds in 1951, aged 69.

Please get in touch if you can tell us more about Walter.

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