Walter Haworth

Walter Haworth (1898 - 1917)

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Walter Haworth
Born in Bolton, Lancashire, England, United Kingdommap
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Died in Ieper, West Flanders, Belgiummap
Profile last modified 21 Apr 2019 | Created 3 Apr 2017
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Walter Haworth served in the British Army in World War I
Service started: 1916
Unit(s): Loyal North Lancs Regiment
Service ended: Aug 1917 (KIA)

Walter Haworth born in 1898 in Bolton, Lancashire. He was the third child of James Haworth and Sarah (Harwood) Haworth[1][2]

In 1901 Walter was 3 years old, the second youngest of the family, younger brother Ellis being an infant in the family. His father James was earning an income for the family working as a general labourer in Bolton, Lancashire. Sarah, his mother, appears to have been looking after their 4 children at their home in Chapel Street, Bolton. Walters older siblings, John aged 10, and Lucy aged 8 are also seen in the household[3]

By 1911, Walter has two more younger siblings Nancy Ellen and James, the whole family still live at the same address in Bolton. Walter is now 13, and he is working at the Iron Foundry with his elder brother John. His father James is still a general labourer and is now listed in the Safe Making Industry. [4]

When war broke out in 1914 Walter was barely 16, it appears that most of the men in the family were quickly drafted into the Army, and Walter soon followed despite the death of his Uncle Ellis Harwood in 1916.

Walter was killed in action in the early hours of 1st August 1917, in the record of his death he is listed as Private Walter Haworth, Regiment No 35247 of the 7th Battalion of The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment. He was 19.[5]

Research Notes

This family suffered heavily in France and Flanders in WW1.

As well as Walter the surviving close family lost,

  • His uncle Ellis Harwood aged 36 in 1916. Reg number 16737, Royal Field Artillery.
  • His first cousin James Harwood aged 20 in 1918. Reg number 78800, Durham Light Infantry.


A Commemoration to Walter

A photograph of a very young soldier, found in a box with hundreds of unorganised pictures spanning decades. On the reverse, W. Haworth died 1917 scribbled with some illegible writing & the address Rhyl Street. By chance or miracle, we have found you and your story. Walter joined the Loyal North Lancs regiment in 1916 when he was only 17. As a young, fit recruit Walter was assigned as a runner and we can deduct that he was present at 3.50am on the morning of the 31st July 1917 when an attack began on troops at Denys Wood Ravine, it is reported that Walter was shot in the head by a German sniper aged just 19, a likely target as a British messenger across the trenches, by 11.30pm that night over 100 British troops had lost their lives in this small peice of a huge war, Walter among them. He, along with so many of his comrades was forever lost to the muds of Flanders and is now commemorated both on the Menin Gate, Ypres and in his hometown of Bolton. Walter, now we have found you we will never forget you, your memory will live on through your great niece Iris and great great niece Lizzie


  1. HAWORTH, WALTER Mothers Maiden Name: HARWOOD GRO Reference: 1898 J Quarter in BOLTON Volume 08C Page 460
  2. "England and Wales Birth Registration Index, 1837-2008," database, FamilySearch ( : 1 October 2014), Walter Haworth, 1898; from "England & Wales Births, 1837-2006," database, findmypast ( : 2012); citing Birth Registration, Bolton, Lancashire, England, citing General Register Office, Southport, England.
  3. "England and Wales Census, 1901," database, FamilySearch ( : 8 April 2016), Walter Haworth in household of James Haworth, Bolton, Lancashire, England; from "1901 England, Scotland and Wales census," database and images, findmypast ( : n.d.); citing Little Bolton subdistrict, PRO RG 13, The National Archives, Kew, Surrey.
  4. "England and Wales Census, 1911," database, FamilySearch ( : 2 August 2017), Walter Hawarth in household of James Hawarth, Bolton, Bolton, Lancashire, England; from "1911 England and Wales census," database and images, findmypast ( : n.d.); citing PRO RG 14, The National Archives of the UK, Kew, Surrey.
  5., comp. UK, Soldiers Died in the Great War, 1914-1919 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2008. Original data: British and Irish Military Databases. The Naval and Military Press Ltd. Image of transcript at Ancestry Accessed 03 April 2019.
  • British Army WWI Medal Rolls Index Cards, 1914-1920 [1]
  • UK, Army Registers of Soldiers' Effects, 1901-1929 [2]

  • UK, WWI Service Medal and Award Rolls, 1914-1920 [3]
  • Link to the British legion: Every man remembered commemoration website - [4]

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