Private 201610 Walter Round

Killed in Action on Thursday, 18th April 1918, age 21.
Commemorated on Panel 75 to 77 of Tyne Cot Memorial, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.

3rd Bn., Worcestershire Regiment. 74th Brigade of 25th Division.
Formerly 3935 Worcestershire Regiment.

Son of Thomas Round, of 4, Mambles, King St., Dudley.
Born: Dudley, Enlisted: Dudley, Resident: Tipton.

First landed France & Flanders, post 31st December 1915.
Medal entitlement: British War Medal, Victory Medal.
Soldier's Papers at National Archives did not survive.

Not commemorated on any Tipton memorial.
Commemorated here because identified as Tipton on 'Soldiers Died in the Great War'.

Link to Commonwealth War Graves Site: www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/828263/

Genealogical Data

1901 Census
2 Phoenix Passage, Dudley, Worcs.
Thomas Round (42, Whitesmith, born Dudley), his wife Sarah (41, born Dudley), and their 7 children: John (20, Iron Worker, born Dudley), Elizabeth (17, Shop Assistant, born Dudley), William (13, born Dudley), Charity (11, born Dudley), Thomas (9, born Dudley), Walter (4, born Dudley), and Leslie A. (1, born Dudley).

1911 Census
12 Little Street, Dudley, Worcs.
Thomas Round (52, Bolt and River Maker, born Dudley), his wife Sarah (51, born Dudley), and 4 of their 7 surviving children of 11: William (23, Blacksmith's Striker, born Dudley), Thomas (18, Blacksmith's Striker, born Dudley), Walter (13, born Dudley), and Leslie (11, born Dudley).

Personal Data

After Walter's death, his outstanding army pay and allowances amounted to £18/9/0d (18 pounds and 9 shillings); this was paid to his brother and sole legatee, Leslie A., in September 1918. His War Gratuity was £13/10/0d (13 pounds and 10 shillings), this was also paid to his brother in December 1919. The value of the War Gratuity suggests that Walter had enlisted in approximately April 1915.

Action resulting in his death

The 3rd Worcesters, as part of the 74th Brigade of 25th Division, were in reserve just south of Neuve Eglise when the Battle of the Lys commenced on the 9th April, continuing until 29th April 1918. The Germans had broken the Portuguese line and were advancing north-west towards the River Lys.

The 3rd Worcesters were brought into the line along the north bank of the River Lys, near Erquingham-Lys, to halt the German advance and hopefully re-gain lost ground. Between the 9th and 15th April were pushed back past Steenwerck and Bailleul, having around 70 men killed in that time.

On the night of 17th/18th April, the 3rd Worcesters were 2 miles north-east of Bailleul when they were relieved from their front-line position. Walter Round was killed in action on the 18th April, the only man of the battalion killed on that day. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial.

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