Christleton Village History Group

Christleton Village Voices

Remembering our Forgotten Heroes 1914-18

Commemorative Letter sent from the King to the Walley family
Name:
Gunner Harold Herbert Walley
Son of Richard & Jemima Walley.
Address:
Cotton Abbots Farm, Waverton
Education:
Arnold House & King’s Chester & Reaseheath Agricultural College
Regiment:
H Battalion Royal Garrison Artillery
Army No:
54310
Medal Card Reference:
WO 372/20/197139
Death:

17th September 1917 aged 20. Buried at Bluet Farm Cemetery Elverdinge near Ypres Ref; I F 49
Memorial Service:
Held at Waverton Presbyterian Chapel on 25th October 1917.
Described by Rector GMV Hickey of St James’ Christleton as “A young and ardent spirit”

COMMEMORATED AT

Christleton Village War Memorial

Chester Cathedral; Arnold House School Memorial Window (South Transept)

Grave at Bluet Farm, Ypres

Royal Field Artillery Reserves Memorial.(South of Choir Stalls in the crossing)

Cotton Farm House (Memorial Plaque from Waverton Prebyterian Chapel now closed)


Report in Cheshire Observer
Cheshire County Magistrates Bereavement.
One of Mr R P Walley’s soldier sons killed.
Mr R P Walley of Cotton Abbotts, the well -known tenant farmer on the Duke of Westminster’s estate, county councillor for his division, and an esteemed county magistrate, sitting on the Chester Castle Bench, has had his youngest son killed in action.

Friends all over the Eddisbury Division of Cheshire will sympathise with Mr Walley in his sorrow, and the more so as he has not been in robust health. Gunner Harold Herbert Walley was 20 years of age. He received his education at the King’s School Chester, and then entered the Cheshire Agricultural College at Holmes Chapel, where he was when war broke out. He enlisted in Nov 1914 in the Royal Garrison Artillery. He had served at the front for more than two years and three months. Official news of his death has not yet been received, but the sad news was conveyed to his parents by a letter from a comrade, Stephen Bate, who has served all through with him, and whose kindness has been much appreciated by Mr Walley and family. He also stated that Private Walley was wounded on the 17th September in the leg and chest by a shell, and died three hours later. Gunner Walley was highly esteemed by all his friends. He was a man of high ideals, and a devoted member of the Waverton Presbyterian Church, where a memorial service will be held on Thursday next at 7.00pm. The Reverend T M Charles pastor will officiate. His brother Private Philip Walley, who has been home on leave after recovering from wounds, went back to duty last week.

Research:
David Cummings: Christleton Village Great War Voices Project
Thanks to Ed Walley & Family Cotton Farm
Mr & Mrs David Lunt Whitchurch
Seb Neal King’s School Chester
Chester Library: Cheshire Observer Files
Photo of grave at Bluet Farm: Anna Thompson Christleton High School
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Harold H. Walley | Christleton