Walter T Crawley was born in 1892 in the village of Arlesey, Bedfordshire.
Walter's service record was as follows:
Soldier number 23930, Private, Middlesex regiment
Soldier number 25325 Private, East Surrey Regiment
Soldier number 153142 Private, Machine Gun Corps
During the Great War Walter served in the Middlesex Regiment. He had served in France for 11 months and had been involved in most of the big battles before being wounded in the thigh at the beginning of August. He was admitted to the Military Hospital in Lewisham where he was reported to be doing well.
With Walter's service record he would have been entitled to the Victory medal, also called the Inter Allied Victory medal, and the British War medal. Eligibility for this award consisted of having been mobilised, fighting or having served in any battles between August 1914 and November 1918.
Walter survived the war but sadly died aged 30 years, due to a long and painful illness, in January 1922. He had lived in mid village, Arlesey, and was well known and much respected throughout the village. Walter left behind a large family, consisting of his young widow, two children, his father, brother, two sisters and various aunties. During the funeral ceremony the vicar of Arlesey stated that Walter's name would be added to the list of names on Arlesey's war memorial. Men who had sacrificed their lives for the good of their country.
Walter is buried in St Peter's church yard, Arlesey and a cross was placed on behalf of the Arlesey Remembers You project by Charlotte McShane.