Rifleman 9704 Walter Worrall

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Died of Wounds on Saturday, 15th July 1916, age 24.
Buried in Grave II. B. 38. at Heilly Station Cemetery, Mericourt-L'Abbe, Somme, France.

2nd Bn., King's Royal Rifle Corps. 2nd Brigade of 1st Division.

Born: Tipton, Enlisted: Birmingham, Resident: Unknown.

First landed France & Flanders, 13th August 1914.
Medal entitlement: 1914 Star, 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/272996/

Genealogical Data

Birth of Walter Worrall registered March quarter 1892 in Dudley.

1901 Census
191 High Park Road, Smethwick, Staffs.
Hugh Francis Worrall (45, Engine Driver at Ironworks, born Wednesbury), his wife Eleanor (39, born Smethwick), and their 9 children: Eliza (20, Tailoress, born Smethwick), James (19, Wire Drawer, born Smethwick), Hugh F. (17, Steam Hammer Driver, born Smethwick), Florence (13, Working in Printing Office, born Oldbury), Bertie (11, born West Bromwich), Walter (9, born Coseley), Lily (6, born Coseley), Japheth (3, born Smethwick), and Bernard (1, born Smethwick).

By 1911 the family were living at 65 Ethel Street, Smethwick, but Walter had joined the Army and was stationed in Gosport.

1911 Census
1st Battalion, King's Royal Rifle Corps, New Barracks, Alverstoke, Gosport, Hampshire.
Private Walter Worrall, age 19, born Tipton.

Personal Data

None Available.

Action resulting in his death

The 2nd King's Royal Rifle Corps, as part of 1st Division, were involved in the Battle of Bazentin Ridge from the 14th July. It is likely that Walter received his wounds on the 14th or 15th during this conflict, and died on the 15th at one of the Casualty Clearing Stations at Heilly, and is buried at Heilly Station Cemetery.

Newspaper Cuttings

Smethwick Telephone Newspaper.
Mrs Worrall, 107 Gladys Road, Bearwood, has been notified that her son, Rifleman Walter Worrall, has died from wounds received in action. He had served several years in the Army having enlisted in the King's Royal Rifle Corps. He was 24 years of age.
A brother of Rifleman Worrall was killed last year. There is great sympathy for the mother, Mrs Worrall, who has just sustained a third bereavement on the death of her husband.
(Note: The brother was Hugh Francis Worrall, 2nd South Staffs, killed in action 24th November 1915, born & resident Smethwick)