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  • Commonwealth War Graves Commission headstone marking his grave at Warloy-Baillon  Communal Cemetery Extension, Somme, France. Courtesy of Murray Biddle
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Old Basford
Walter was born in 1887 in Old Basford and was the son of John a gardener and Elizabeth Elwis née Ford of 811 Hucknall Road Old Basford Nottingham. His father John was born in 1855 in Upton, Lincolnshire and his mother Elizabeth Ford was born in 1858 in Knaith, Lincolnshire, they were married in 1877 in Gainsborough, they went on to have 12 children , sadly two were to die in infancy or early childhood prior to 1911. Their surviving children were all born in Old Basford and were : Frances Mary b1878, Thomas Henry b1878, John Ford b1885, Walter b1887, Mirian b1890, Edith Annie b1891, Cyril b1894, Richard b1897, Doris b1899 and Kathleen b1905. In the 1911 census the family are living at 28 Wilton Terrace, Wallis Street, Old Basford and are shown as John 56 yrs a gardener (head of the family) he is living with his wife Elizabeth 53 yrs and their children, Walter 23 yrs a platelayer, Marian 21 yrs a laundress, Cyril a bottler in a brewery, Richard 14 yrs a wheelright's apprentice, Doris 11 yrs a scholar and Kathleen 5 yrs a scholar.
18 Apr 1916
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Private
11th Bn Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regiment)
Private Walter Elwis, enlisted in Nottingham and served with the 11th Battalion Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire & Derbyshire) Regiment. He landed in France on 27th August 1915 and died of wounds on 18th April 1916. He is buried in Warloy-Baillon Communal Cemetery (grave ref. B.5).
Three of his brothers also served during the Great War, Cyril served as Private 27516 in the 17th battalion Sherwood Foresters, Richard (Dick) in the Royal Garrison artillery , Thomas Henry a sapper in the Royal Engineers, all survived the war . Nottingham Evening Post notice (abridged), 3 May 1916: 'Elwis (sic), Died of wounds April 18th, Corporal (sic) W Elwis, son of John and Elizabeth Elwis, 611 Hucknall Road, Old Basford.' In memoriam notices published in the Nottingham Evening Post dated 18th April 1918: - “ELWIS. – In loving memory of our dear son and brother, Corpl. (Wally) Walter Elwis, who died of wounds received in action April 18th, 1916, in France. Though two sad years have passed love, thy dear face ne'er can fade, loving thoughts shall ever wander round the place where thou art laid. – From his loving other, father, sisters, and three brothers out with the B.E.F. “ELWIS. – In loving memory of Corpl. W. Elwis, who fell in action April 18th, 1916. He gave his all. – Frances and George.” Above in memoriam courtesy of Jim Grundy and his facebook pages Small Town Great War Hucknall 1914-1918.
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  • Commonwealth War Graves Commission headstone marking his grave at Warloy-Baillon  Communal Cemetery Extension, Somme, France. Courtesy of Murray Biddle
    Walter Elwiss - Commonwealth War Graves Commission headstone marking his grave at Warloy-Baillon Communal Cemetery Extension, Somme, France. Courtesy of Murray Biddle