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Walter William Timms was born in Berkswell, Warwickshire on 18 February 1891. He enlisted in the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment in Coventry and was posted into the 1st Battalion.

Walter embarked on S.S Agapenor on 12 August 1914, landing in La Havre the next day. He was present (and under-fire) at Mons, and at the Battle of the Aisne.

Walter was killed in action on 29 September 1914; at this time the 1st Battalion had been in the trenches near Troyon for two days. The diary entry for this date suggests that Walter was killed by artillery fire as no other attacks on the Battalion are mentioned;

Troyon: 27 September 1914

A quiet day was spent, artillery duels only. Kings Royal Rifles relieved our Battalion at 18:45 hrs in the trenches. We remained in our dug-outs. There was a terrific night attack, which appeared to be on the French right. German aeroplanes hovered around – we tried to bring down one with rifle fire. Nothing further to report. We had 5 killed and 9 wounded during the two days in the trenches.

Walter was mentioned in dispatches for the gallant work he carried out during these few months in France.


Walter is remembered on the LA FERTE-SOUS-JOUARRE MEMORIAL

Rank: Corporal
Service No: 9953
Date of Death: 29/09/1914
Regiment/Service: The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, 1st Bn.

Unfortunately no further service papers have survived.

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6 Responses to 9953 CPL. W. W. TIMMS. L.N.LAN.R

  1. Malcolm Hickin says:

    Pte Walter Timms – Berkswell
    His name does not appear on our memorial do you of any reason why this is?

    • Hi Malcolm. I am not sure. He was certainly living there at the time of the 1901 census; age 10 son of a shepherd at 80 Wootton Green. I can’t find him on the 1911 census but he may have already been serving – a pre-war regular. Regards, Paul

      • Amanda Smith says:

        Walter William Timms. Yes he was already serving and was in barracks for the 1911 census. He was my great Uncle.

  2. Sue Wriglesworth says:

    He was my great uncle, his name, incorrectly spelt is on the lynch gate to Temple Balsall graveyard. It is not on the Berkswell memorial because the family were living outside Berkswell parish boundary.

  3. […] index card on the Ancestry website gives his date of disembarkation as 12th August 1914, and the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment 1914-18 website gives further details about the Battalion’s movements. It seems that Walter was […]

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