Private Walter Gwynn (8518)

3rd Bn, The Worcestershire Regiment, 7th Brigade, 3rd Division, B.E.F.

Malvern Commemoration: St James West Malvern,

Burial/Commemoration: Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial

Nature of Death: Killed in action east of Kemmel, Flanders 28/1/1915

Next of Kin: Son of Mr and Mrs John Gwynn of Woodland View, Lower Road, West Malvern

Capbadge of the Worcestershire Regiment

Walter Gwynn was road foreman’s son, who after enlisting in the Worcestershire Regiment at Bloemfontein, South Africa and served for seven years with the Colours and then transferring to the Army Reserve he emigrated to Canada. He was recalled in 1914 and was posted to the 3rd Battalion (he was not a member of the Canadian Contingent as stated by the Malvern News).

The Malvern News reported in March 1915: “Mr John Gwynn of West Malvern who is one of the oldest employees of the Malvern Urban District Council has been notified by the War Office of the death of his son, Mr Walter Gwynn. He was killed in the trenches on Feb 1st. The deceased soldier who was married went through the South African War and afterwards settled in Canada. He came over with the Canadian Contingent and was subsequently drafted to France. A brother, Mr S Gwynn, an employee of the UDC is serving with the Colours.”

He had three brothers who served in the Great War: Ralph died with the Canadian Contingent, Sidney served in the Worcestershire Regiment and Samuel, served with the Royal Army Medical Corps. He lived at Rosebud Cottage, West Malvern and like his father worked for Malvern UDC as a road foreman. He was awarded the Medaille Militaire in June 1917 and was severely wounded that October.

Malvern News 13/3/15, 16/6/17, 3/11/17
Stevens Annual for 1914 Malvern 1914

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