Walter was born in 1892, the son of Levi and Eliza Edmondson. In 1901 he lived at 3 Rycroft Street, Shipley with his parents, brothers Jonas, Henry and Percy and sister, Helen.By 1911 they had moved to Oakfield Terrace, Carr Lane, Windhill where we learn that 18-year –old Walter is now a wool sorter. As well as his parents he is living with a sister, Ethel, and brother, Percy.Walter married Annie Jefferies at North Bierley Register Office in
1915 and their son, Ronald, was born on 21 June that year. On joining the colours, he was posted to Royal Garrison Artillery and sailed to France in November 1916. He had a brief leave in England at the end of November 1917 and the following year he died of wounds in 1 Australian Casualty Clearing Station in France and was buried at Longuenesse Souvenir Cemetery.
His death was reported in the Shipley Times & Express on 17 May 1918:“The flag of the Windhill Liberal Club was at half-mast last Friday for Gunner Walter Edmondson R.G.A. a former member, who died on wounds on 30th April.“Aged 25, he is a son of Mr Levi Edmondson of 27 Oakfield Terrace, Windhill and his wife and child live at Ivy House, Stoney Ridge, Bingley.
“He joined the colours in April 1916 and went to the front at the end of that year.“A member of the Saltaire Cricket Club, he worked for James Hill & Son, Charlestown and was connected with Wrose Hill Sunday School.”The following week the paper reported: “On Saturday the Saltaire cricket Xl wore black rosettes in memory of Walter Edmondson, killed in action, one of their colleagues.”
Thanks to Clive Harrison of Cottingley Village History Society for sharing his research on Walter,