Other names: Walter Edwin
Locations in this story: Cann, Shaftesbury, DorsetJesty's Avenue, Broadwey, Melcombe Regis, DorsetWeymouth, DorsetIreland
Story: Walter Edwin Stainer was born in Cann, Shaftesbury, on 15th January 1879, the son of Edwin Stainer and Martha Stainer (née Foot). He lived his early childhhood in Cann, Shaftesbury, until the family had, by 1891, moved away from Shaftesbury. Walter married Laura Clare on 31st March 1902 in Melcombe Regis, Dorset, and they went on to have two children. He enlisted on 3rd September 1914 and joined the 4th Battalion of the Dorsetshire Regiment as a Private (Service No. 2407). He was later transferred to the 4th (Reserve) Battalion (Service No. 200743) and again, on 30th June 1917, to the 512th Home Service Company and the 628th Company of the Labour Corps (Service No. 285747). He served with the latter unit in Enniskillen and Londonderry, Ireland. He was discharged on 29th March 1919. No medal records can be found under any of the above Service Nos. By the 1939 Register he was living at 3 Jesty's Avenue, Broadwey, Melcombe Regis, Dorset, and working as a House Decorator. He died on the area in 1951.