Walter James Daniel
Regiment: Balloon Kite Cable Section, Royal Engineers
Parents: Mr John & Mrs Emma Daniel
Born in: Hastings
Other Info: An article published in the Hastings & St Leonards Observer on 1st July 1916 reads: “Another Local Casualty. Sapper Walter J Daniel, whose death from wounds took place in the Twelfth Stationary Hospital, France on June 22nd, was an old Hastings boy.
The fifth son of the late John Daniel, at one time florist of Clive Vale, he was educated at Halton Schools, and later attended the Evening Continuation Classes at Priory Road. For a short time he was on the Staff of Messrs F. J. Parsons Ltd, but passing a competitive examination, entered the local Post Office. A sorting clerk and telegraphist he made good progress and was popular with all his colleagues. Later he was transferred to the Newhaven Post Office.
On the outbreak of war he at once volunteered, but his services were retained on important Government work till last autumn, when he was enrolled in the Signal Section of the Royal Engineers.
After the usual strenuous course of training he left for France in good spirits, and found himself attached to one of the Army Headquarters. In less than a fortnight his active service terminated, and a life of great promise and usefulness closed. He leaves two brothers, the Rev John Daniel, Baptist Minister, Folkestone and Private Joseph H Daniel, of the Canadian Forces.”
According to CWGC, Walter died aged 29. He is remembered at St. Pol Communal Cemetery Extension, grave reference A. 12.
Published: July 1916
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