Walter John Speller

Name

Walter John Speller

Conflict

First World War

Date of Death / Age

30/10/1917
23

Rank, Service Number & Service Details

Corporal
10044
Bedfordshire Regiment
4th Bn.

Awards

1914 (Mons) Star, British War and Victory Medals

Cemetery/Memorial

TYNE COT MEMORIAL
Panel 48 to 50 and 162A
Belgium

UK Memorials

Hertford Town Memorial
Hatfield War Memorial
Not on the Hunsdon memorials

Pre War

Born about 1895, in Hunsdon, to parents Charles and Hetty. In 1901 he was living in The Street, Hertford Heath, with three brothers Herbert, Augustus and Leonard and one sister Alice, his father was a general labourer. By 1911 he was living at Ponsbourne Park Lower Lodge, Newgate Street Village, his father was now a woodman and Walter was a farm labourer.

Enlisted at Hertford.

Wartime Service

4th Battalion was based at Bedford and served at home until July 1916 when they went to France where they became part of the 190th Brigade of the 63rd Division (Royal Naval Division). They took part in the Battle for Ancre one of the final battles of the Somme campaign. In 1917 they took part in further fighting at Ancre and then at Arras, before moving to the Ypres salient where they took part in the attempts to capture Passchendaele. At 0530 on 30th October the Battalion attacked German positions at Poelcapelle, supported by 7th Batt, Royal Fusiliers and 28th Batt London Regiment (The Artists Rifles) they advanced over very wet and muddy ground. The weather was very bad and the Bedfordshires were unable to advance more than 150-200 yards, they retreated to their own lines having suffered over 250 casualties, one of whom was Walter Speller.

Additional Information

At the time of his death it is stated he was residing in Hertford.

Brother of Sapper Herbert James Speller who was killed in action on 16 Nov 1916 and is also commemorated on this memorial.

Acknowledgments

Malcolm Lennox, Terry & Glenis Collins