(L to R) British War Medal; Allied Victory Medal
We don't know anything about Walter's early life or family.
Walter served in the Manchester Regiment during the First World War. He was given the service number 78652. This number suggests he joined the regiment in around July 1918. We don't know when he joined the Army, or whether he had served in any other units before this, although he did not leave the UK until after he joined the Manchester Regiment.
We don't know whether Walter volunteered for service or was conscripted. Under conscription it was not unusual for soldiers to be assigned to units with no connection to their local area.
We don't know which battalion Walter joined once he was sent overseas, so we can't say for certain where he served.
Walter survived the War, but his life afterwards is a mystery. His medals were donated to the Museum of the Manchester Regiment in March 1996.