Other names: Walter
Locations in this story: Enmore Green, Shaftesbury, DorsetBournemouth, HampshireFrance & FlandersEfford, Plymouth, DevonUpper Parkstone, Dorset
Story: Walter Adams was born at Enmore Green, Shaftesbury, Dorset, in 1888, the son of Albert Adams and Alice Mary Adams (née Feltham), themselves from local families. (All other records indicate that he was born in 1891 but his birth was registered in Shaftesbury in the 4th Quarter of 1888 - mother's maiden name Feltham). He lived his early life in and around Enmore Green, Shaftesbury, until by 1911 his family had moved to Bournemouth, Hampshire. He originally enlisted with the Devonshire Regiment on 26 Feb 1916 as a Private (Service No.17423) but was rapidly transferred to the 12th Battalion of the Royal Berkshire Regiment (Service No. 28964) on 26 Mar 1916 and served with them in France & Flanders. He was transferred again on 9 May 1917 to the Labour Corps (Service No. 116112) and but regrettably died in the UK from pulmonary tuberculosis on 16th August 1917. He was awarded the Victory and British War medals. The War Graves Commission list his grave at Plymouth (Efford) Cemetery, Efford, Plymouth, Devon, (Grave Ref. Church C. 4890). His mother, then living in Upper Parkstone, Dorset, was granted a limited pension.