Walter Haywood (c.1894-1915)

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Walter Haywood

Huddersfield's Roll of Honour: 1914-1922

The following extract is from Huddersfield's Roll of Honour: 1914-1922 (2014) by J. Margaret Stansfield:

HAYWOOD, WALTER. Private. No 14409. 8th Battalion Duke of Wellington's Regiment. Born Burnlee, Holmfirth. Son of Mr and Mrs William Kippax. Reported missing at Suvla Bay, Gallipoli, 7.8.1915. Has no known grave. Commemorated HELLES MEMORIAL TO THE MISSING.
His parents appealed for information in the 'Holmfirth Express' and received the following letter from one of Walter's chums, 'I have noticed your letter in the 'Express' two or three times asking for information about Walter. You see we trained together in Halifax and went to Grantham together. There were not many of us from Holmfirth way so we used to stick together as much as possible. I am now going to tell you the story about him as far as I know it. We landed here on the Friday night (August 6th) and had to start fighting as soon as we landed and if ever a lad won distinction Walter did that night. He carried a wounded Captain of our regiment right out of the Turk's trenches to a place of safety and the bullets were simply raining all around him. He then dashed back to his regiment but it appears he got lost and got in with some other regiment in the 10th Division. He was with that regiment when he received his wound. Lance Corporal Wood was with him and it was from him that I got to hear of him. This was on Monday August 9th. He said they both got lost and found themselves with the Dublin Fusiliers so not knowing where they were they decided to stay with them for the time being. That very night they had a bayonet charge in which Walter got wounded and Lance Corporal Wood stayed with him as they had got lost again. It is easy to get lost in a charge for you can't see ten yards in front of you for bushes and ravines all over the hillsides. Well not being able to carry him himself he went for assistance but he never found him again and he got killed himself on the Wednesday, else I would have asked him to write to you. I sincerely hope that someone did find him and carry him down but I have asked about him scores of times and he is regarded as wounded and missing in our regiment.'
On Saturday 18.11.1916 more information was published in the 'Holmfirth Express' regarding Private Haywood. His mother received an official certificate which read, 'Certified that it appears that an unofficial report received in this office that No 14409 Private Walter Haywood, 8th Battalion Duke of Wellington's Regiment who was officially reported missing at Suvla Bay on 7.8.1915 was killed in action on or about that date.'
A Corporal Bloomer, of the 4th Battalion West Yorkshire Regiment, who was in hospital in York was able to give the following information, 'On the night of the 22nd September we were going down the communication trench of Jephson's Post to dig the trench a little deeper. It was a moonlight night and about 2am one of my chums just managed to see a body laid under a bush. The exact words he used were 'Look at that body lying there, let us have some fun' but I being the section commander replied 'No he has done his duty, let's bury him in a decent way'. So on going up to the body we found it was a British tommy. He was laid on his stomach and on turning him over his face was not recognisable. He must have been shot by a sniper as there were no bayonet wounds on his body and what I could gather of his face one could see there had been a bullet wound there. In his right hand he had a canteen full of bully beef and biscuits and his hand was bent in carrying it. Round his body was what we call a bandolier full of ammunition and his helmet was a few yards away. All I can say is this that I am positively sure that the lad whom I buried was the same one (Private Walter Haywood) and I shall stick to my words that he was not wounded by a bayonet but I am almost sure that he was killed by a sniper. I am very sorry for his mother, Mrs Kippax, but that is my story.'
ROH:- Holmfirth War Memorial.

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