Walter Henman


Walter Henman
24th April 1895.


First World War

Date of Death / Age

21 years.

Rank, Service Number & Service Details

Bedfordshire Regiment.
8th Bn.


British War and Victory medals


Pier & Face 2C


>He has no Headstone, he is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial to the missing.

UK Memorials

St Mary's Church Memorial, King's Walden
Breachwood Green Baptist Chapel Memorial, Breachwood Green

Pre War

Walter Henman was born in King's Walden, Herts, on 24th April 1895 the son of William Henman (B 1852 in Kings Walden, Herts) and Alice (nee Lawrence) Henman (B 1860 in King's Walden, Herts).

Baptised in St Mary’s Church, King's Walden, Herts, on 9th June 1896.

Walter attended Breachwood Green National School from May 1899 to June 1908.

1901 Census records Walter aged 5, living with his parents, brothers Albert 19, William18, Ellis 15, Frank 14, sisters Edith 11 and Emma 8, in Breachwood Green, Herts.

By 1911 now aged 15, Walter had left school and was working as a Farm Labourer, living with his parents, brothers Ellis 25, James 6 and sister Helen 9, in Breachwood Green, Herts.

He worked at Winch Hill Farm, near Luton, prior to enlisting. 

Wartime Service

He enlisted in Bedford. Posted to the 8th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment, with the service No 19546. He had undergone 11 months training at Ampthill, Beds, before going to the Front in January 1916.

Walter was Killed in Action on Friday 15th September 1916, during an assault on the Quadrilateral German Trench Network at Ginchy on the Somme (11 Days after the death of his brother Ellis) he has no known grave and is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial to the missing.

Additional Information

Part of 16th Brigade, 6th Division, XIV Corps.

His effects of £5-19s-9d, pay owing and £7, War Gratuity went to his father William Henman.
Walter’s elder brother Lance Corporal 27814 Ellis Henman of the 1st Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment was Killed in Action just 11 days before on 4th September 1916. He has no known grave and is also commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial to the missing.


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