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Walter Charles Compton

Surname: Compton
Other names: Walter Charles
Other people in this story:
Edgar Compton
Sarah Ann Compton née Coombes
Ida Isabell Compton née Mabey
Leonard Compton
Ronald Compton
William E. Yeates
Christine Yeates
Locations in this story:
Alvediston, Wiltshire
Salford, Lancashire
St. Mary's Church, Michelmersh, Hampshire
Chalkpit, Broadchalke, Wiltshire
Romsey, Hampshire
Trowbridge, Wiltshire

Walter Charles Compton was born in 1889 in Alvediston and baptised there on 6th October, 1889. He was the son of Edgar Compton, a Farm Labourer, and Sarah Ann Compton (née Coombes). In 1913 he married Ida Isabell Mabey in Romsey, Hampshire. They had two sons, Leonard (born 1914) and Ronald (born 1915). At the time of the 1911 Census, he was working as a Shepherd and living at Chalkpit, Broadchalke, Wiltshire.

Walter enlisted in Trowbridge as a Private in the Duke of Edinburgh's (Wiltshire) Regiment (Service No. 201621) and was posted to the U.K. Depot. He died at home on 19th March 1919 in Salford, Lancashire and was buried in St. Mary's churchyard, Michelmersh, near Romsey. He was awarded the Victory and British War Medals.

In 1924 his widow Ida married William E. Yeates and they had one daughter, Christine. Sadly her son Leonard died in 1925, aged 11, and her husband died in 1929, aged 58. Her other son, Ronald, died in 1939, aged 23. Thus by the time of the 1939 Register, Ida was left living with her only daughter in Michelmersh.

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Links to related web content / sources:
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
The National Archives