Other names: Walter Stewart
Locations in this story: Shaftesbury, DorsetHawkesdene Lane, Cann, Shaftesbury, DorsetWaverley Road, Bournemouth, HampshireFranceBroadstone, Dorset
Story: Walter Stewart Genge was born in Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 1st September 1889, the son of Walter Genge and Mary Genge (née Antell). He lived his early life with the family in Hawkesdene Lane, Cann, Shaftesbury. He had had previous military service with the Dorset Yeomanry which was time expired. He enlisted on 2nd September 1914 and joined the 9th Battalion of The Hussars Reserve Cavalry later joining the 3rd Battalion as a Private (Service No. 18335). On the 28th February 1916 he was transferred to the Machine Gun Corps (Cavalry) and served with the 4th Squadron M.G. (Service No 41749). He served in France and was eventually demobilized on 10th March 1919 and awarded the Victory and British War medals plus the 1914/15 Star. He married Elsie Sims on 11th October 1926 at Broadstone, Dorset. It is not known if there were any children of the marriage. By the 1939 Register Walter and Elsie were living at 21 Waverley Road, Bournemouth, Hampshire and he was working for the Bournemouth Corporation in the Entertainments Department. He died in Bournemouth in 1969.