Rolls of Honour: Eccleshill, Park & St Luke’s; Tyne Cot
Regiment: Northumberland Fusiliers
Walter Manning was born in 1898 the son of Charles Manning and Florence, nee Grocock.Charles had previously been married to Mary Ann Cocksedge and they had two children. Mary Ann died in 1893 aged 39 years. Charles married Florence in 1895. By 1901 they were living at 47 Harrogate Street. In 1911 the family had moved to 15 Fletton Terrace. Walter at 13 years of age was working as a doffer employed by Messrs C and A Wilson, worsted spinners of Eccleshill.Walter enlisted in January 1915 at the age of 16 years as Private 60884 in the 22nd (Tyneside
Scottish) Battalion of the Northumberland Fusiliers. His Battalion landed in France in January 1916 and as a 17 year old he was involved in the Battles of the Somme, at Albert, Bazentin and Pozieres. During one of these battles he was wounded in the head by a bullet having been saved by the helmet he was wearing. Walter was killed in action during the German spring offensive known as the Battle of Lys 9th April to the
29th April 1918. His battalion were fighting at Estaires when Walter died on the 18th April. He was 19 years of age.He is either remembered or buried at the Tyne Cot Memorial on land which is the free gift in perpetuity of the Belgian people.Walter left his effects to his mother Florence who received £6.6.9d on the 12th September 1918 and a War Gratuity of £13.10.0d on the 13th November 1919.
. Researched and written by Jean Britteon, to whom many thanks