WARDEN, Walter George

Captain, 8th Bn., Somerset Light Infantry.

Born

August 1885, in Gloucester, England.
Son of G. F. and J. B. Warden, of Gloucester; husband of Constance S. Warden, of 12, Highbury Rd., Weston-super-Mare.

Education

Blundell's School, “School House”, from the age of 15; May 1901 – Easter 1903.

Service

Formerly Private 9258, 3rd Bttn 1st Brigade Canadians, he attested at Valcartier on 23rd September 1914. He transferred to a commission in the Somerset Light Infantry.

Attestation

Profession: Civil Engineer.
Description: Age: 29 years, 1 month. Height: 5’6”. Fresh complexion, grey eyes, dark brown hair. Slight scar on left knee.

Trench Diaries

The 8th Bn. Somerset L I were part of 63rd Brigade, 21st and 37th Division. On the eve of the attack they were in position at Fricourt, moving forward into no man’s land just before zero hour. By the end of the day the war diary recorded that almost all of the officers had become casualties. With 50% losses they entered German lines and by midnight on 1st July the gains were being consolidated by just 100 men at the west end of Lozenge Wood, Fricourt.

Death

1st July 1916, aged 31.
Killed in action near Fricourt, Somme, France.

Burial/Commemoration

Grave II Q 2, Gordon Dump Cemetery.
Warden was initially buried in the field. After the armistice his body was reburied at Gordon Dump. The cemetery was called variously Gordon (or Gordon's) Dump Cemetery or Sausage Valley Cemetery, from the name given to the broad, shallow valley that runs down from it to Becourt.

Memorial

His headstone is at 50° 01’ 15.0” N 002° 42’ 27.7”E.
The family chose to have the inscription “The noblest death a man can die, for God and Right and Liberty”.

Research

Commonwealth War Graves Commission - www.cwgc.org
Canadian Archives: RG150 Accession 1992-93/166 Box 10091 - 12
The National Archives, Public Records Office, Kew  WO 339/38491
“The Register of Blundell's School, Part II 1882 – 1932” (1932) MAHOOD, A.S., Ed. Entry No.4755
Cemeteries & Memorials in Belgium & Northern France (2004) Commonwealth War Graves Commission. 25/514
 “British Battalions on the Somme” WESTLAKE, R. (2004) Pen and Sword
Field visit (JEA & GRY 29/7/2006)

 

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