21022, Private, 8th Battalion, Border Regiment. (Formerly 19847 Bedfordshire Regiment)
Missing in Action on the 5th July 1916 aged 29.
Walter was the son of William & Emily Street of 16 High Street, Stevenage. His brother, Frederick George, died in Egypt in 1918 whilst serving with the Royal Artillery but his name has not been recorded on the Stevenage War Memorial.
Walter arrived in France on the 22nd August 1915. He served for almost a year on the Western Front when his unit became involved in the Battle of the Somme. The Battalion, part of the 75th Brigade of the 25th Division, were involved in the very heavy fighting around the village of Thiepval and Walter had survived the first day of the battle, when the British army suffered some 60,000 casualties. The conditions were ghastly and eyewitnesses recalled that that the bodies of the dead were still lying on the battlefield many days later. The fighting was both intense and chaotic, therefore, it is not known at what point he was killed.
Walter has no known grave and his name is recorded on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France. (Pier/Face 6A)
Medal Entitlement: 1914/15 Star, British War Medal & Victory Medal.