Walter Carpenter, born in Bushey on 14th September 1880 and baptised 7 November 1880 at St Matthew’s, Oxhey. He was the fourth of five children born to Walter Alfred Carpenter and Emily Carpenter (nee Stevens). His father, also born in Bushey, was a coachman.
His parents married 20 February 1871 at St James’, Bushey, Herts. Walter died 1906 in Watford aged 56, and was buried 3 June in Vicarage Road Cemetery, Watford; Emily died 1913 in Watford aged 65, and was buried 25 March also in Vicarage Road Cemetery.
On the 1881 Census, aged 6 months he lived in Bushey, with his parents and three siblings. On the 1891 Census, aged 10 he lived in Chiswell Green, Herts, with his parents and two siblings.
The family lived on Chalk Hill for some years, before moving to Fernley Stables, Chiswell Green, near St Albans and, by 1901, to 263 Watford High Street. Walter by that time was 20 and working as a domestic gardener.
His father died in 1906 and the following year Walter married Mary Elizabeth Hood, also born in Bushey, the daughter of the publican of The Anchor in Watford High Street.
The 1911 census records Walter and Mary living in Roma Blakehall Road, Carshalton, Surrey, with their son, Laurence, (born in June 1909), Walters occupation is given as a Domestic Gardener. A second son Ernest was born in Oxhey/Watford, in December 1916.
They later resided in Oxhey.
May never remarried and died 1968 in the Barnet, Herts, district aged 81.