|Leicestershire Regiment||31094||10th Battalion|
|York and Lancaster Regiment||31804||6th Battalion; 15 platoon; D Coy|
Photo Lea Mills postcard
Walter joined the forces on 5 June 1916 aged twenty-three; he lived at Holme Road, Matlock Bath.
In Charles Beresford's book "The Bath at War" he recorded that Walter's twin, Fred, also served and lost a leg during the conflict.
Charles Beresford "The Bath at War"
Medal Card Index
He was awarded the Victory and British War Medals. Military Medal
Army Service Record
He attested 15/11/15 at Matlock aged 19 years 7 mo, an unmarried machine hosiery worker of 5 Holme Road, Matlock Bath. Born 1896; height 5ft 7½, weighing 142lb. The next of kin was his father Joseph Oliver of Holme Road, Matlock Bath. Awarded the Military Medal (Supplement to London Gazette 23/07/19). Served in France
15/11/15 to 04/06/16 To Reseve
05/06/16 to 21/09/16 Home
03/07/16 to 12/07/16 Hospital
21/09/16 Embarked Folkestone
22/09/16 to 27/09/18 France
14/10/16 Transferred to 6th Bn York & Lanc Regt
28/09/18 to 12/10/18 Leave to UK
24/04/19 to 08/05/19 Leave to UK
09/05/19 to 13/06/19 France
10/06/19 Dispersed (L.S.M.)
14/06/19 to 17/07/17 Home
15/09/19 Acknowledged receipt of his Military Medal for bravery in the field serving with 6th Btn York & Lancaster Regiment
No. 31804 Pte. Oliver W.
East of Bohain on 8.11.18, this Batallion Runner succeeded in carrying messages under close and intense machine-gun fire showing an absolute disregard of all personal danger
Belper News 1 August 1919
York and Lancaster Regiment
31804 W Oliver 6th Bn
Letters to JB Marsden-Smedley
5 Holme Road , Matlock Bath
Nov 7th 1916
I thought I would send you Walter’s fresh address, that he as sent us last week.
31804 Pte Walter Oliver, J Coy, 15th Platoon, 6th Yorks & Lancs, BEF, France
Thanking you for his money.
I remain, Yours truly
Pte W Oliver
I am quite well.
Letter follows at first opportunity.
31804 Pte Walter Oliver
D Coy 15 Platoon, 6th Batt. Y & L’s, B.E.F., France
I now have the pleasure of writing & thanking you for the parcels which arrived safe to me. I am sure that the contents could not have been better for a soldier serving with the B. E. F., the Vests are of great value to me @ the present time in the trenches. I must say that I am quite well, & hoping to have a safe return. Thanking you again for your kindness.
Pte Walter Oliver
Headquarters, Y & L, B.E.F. France
I received parcel forwarded by you & and your brother, dated Dec 12th. I can only express my thanks, & appreciation of the kindly thoughts that prompted the gift.
Wishing you the compliments of the Season.
31804 Pte. Walter Oliver
1901: Holme Road Matlock Bath
|Joseph||Oliver||Head||41||Journeyman plasterer||Matlock Bath|
1911: Holme Road Matlock Bath
|Elizabeth Hannah||Oliver||wife||50||Lodging house keeper||Disley|
|William||Oliver||son||19||Poultry dealer||Matlock Bath|
|Walter||Oliver||son||15||Newspaper seller||Matlock Bath|
|Fred||Oliver||son||15||Cotton Mill machinist||Matlock Bath|