Walter Sanford.

Walter was born at Graveley, Huntingdonshire, the son of Samuel and Sally Sanford, also of Graveley.

His parents Walter Sanford married Lucy Margaret Swadling March Quart. 1913 St. Neots 3b, 559. He is noted as being the husband of Lucy Margaret Sanford [nee Swadling], of 2, Hanley Place, Datchet, Windsor.

Upon enlistment into the HCB he gave his address as Offord Darcy and was posted as a private into A Company of the 2/1st HCB.  He is first recorded as being in the HCB on the
14/5/1914.  He enlisted at the HQ in St. Mary's Street, Huntingdon and was assigned the HCB number of 1143.

He was posted to the base depot B.E.F. France on 26th July 1916, he was rationed up to and for that day. Order was part 2 No. 171 issued by W. L. Stephenson, 2/Lieut. & acting Adjutant, 2/1st Hunts. Cyclist Battalion. The order was issued at Well Camp Alford at 8-00 p.m., 28th July 1916.

Local newspapers indicate that he was wounded some time before the 13/10/1916.

transferred, still as a Private, [43058] into the 4th Bn., Bedfordshire Regiment where he died of wounds aged 32 on 23 April 1917.

Photo of his name commemorated on Bay 5 of the Arras Memorial Pas de Calais, France. 

Many thanks to Herbert Norris, who is carrying out research on the Offord Darcy Roll of Honour, for additional information on the family and background details on this soldier.

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