Other names: Walter Richard
Locations in this story: Bell Street, Shaftesbury, DorsetHoniton, DevonChesham, BuckinghamshireAmersham, Buckinghamshire
Story: Walter Richard Trowbridge was born in Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 25th March 1884 and baptised at Holy Trinity Church on 27th April 1884, the son of Isaac Trowbridge and Sarah Ann Trowbridge (née Ellis). He lived his early life at the family home at 17 Bell Street, Shaftesbury. By 1911 he had moved as a boarder to Honiton, Devonshire, where he was working as an upholsterer apprentice. He enlisted on 2nd March 1916 and joined the Royal Engineers as a Private (Service No. M/320118). Having served in the UK only he was discharged on 14th July 1918 being no longer physically fit for service. No medal records have been found in this case although he was awarded the Silver War Badge No. B251431. He returned at this time to 17 Bell Street, Shaftesbury. No record can be found for him in the 1921 Census but his widowed mother was lodging at 16 Gladstone Road, Chesham, Bucks, where, by the time of the 1939 Register, Walter was also living and working as a upholsterer and still single. His death was recorded at the Amersham, Buckinghamshire, Registry on 10th December 1962.