Other names: Walter James
Locations in this story: Great Cheverell, WiltshireEast Knoyle, WiltshireHornsey, MiddlesexFrance & FlandersFulham, LondonSouthfields, Wandsworth, London, SW18
Story: Walter James Coggins was born in Great Cheverell, Wiltshire, on 20 Dec 1888 and baptised there on 10 Feb 1889 the son of Charles William Coggins, a Police Constable, and Annie Maria Coggins (nee Rose). He lived his early life in Great Cheverell and 17 Knoyle Street, East Knoyle, Wiltshire, until by 1911 he was boarding out in Hornsey, Middlesex, working as an Assistant Cakemaker. He had enlisted on 26 Oct 1915 and joined the Royal Flying Corps (Royal Air Force from 1 Apr 1918) as a Private Class 1 (Service No. 11347). He served in France and Flanders with the 10th Squadron as a Cook. He was discharged on 11 Apr 1919 and was eligible for the Victory and British War Medals. He returned to East Knoyle where his parents had retired to. He married Martha Violet Franks at St. Augustine's Church, Fulham, London, on 23 Sep 1920. By the time of the 1939 Register he was living at 98 Heythrop Street, Southfields, Wandsworth, London, SW18, working as a Confectioner and Cake Maker. His death was recorded in Wandsworth, London, on 20 Jan 1947. His brothers, Edwin Charles Coggins, Reginald Percy Coggins and Alfred George Coggins, also served in the conflict.