Walter William Belcher (DCM)

Name

Walter William Belcher (DCM)

Conflict

First World War

Date of Death / Age

25/08/1918
24

Rank, Service Number & Service Details

Sergeant
16634
Grenadier Guards
1st Bn.

Awards

Not Yet Researched
Distinguished Conduct Medal

Cemetery/Memorial

MORY ABBEY MILITARY CEMETERY, MORY
V. C. 27.
France

UK Memorials

Not on the Ware memorials
Clewer Village War Memorial

Pre War

Born in 1896 in Childrey, Wantage, Berkshire son of Henry and Emma Belcher later of Clewer Green, Windsor. He was working as a hotel waiter in Hastings in 1911. He married Elizabeth Walker (later Mrs Hulton of 47 Sutton, Stanton Harcourt, Eynsham, Oxon.) in 1916 in Windsor and they lived in Ware.

Wartime Service

Enlisted at Hertford. He won his D.C.M. (London Gazette 26 Jun 1918) “for conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty after the enemy had made a determined attack in great strength and had penetrated a small section of the front line. He at once organised and led bombing parties with splendid courage and determination and drove the enemy back. The rapidity with which the enemy was ejected with heavy losses was largely due to his excellent leadership and the example which he set his men.” (London Gazette). Sadly, he was later killed in action.

Acknowledgments

Malcolm Lennox