Rank, service number and regiment
Lance Corporal 25812 7th Battalion, Somerset Light Infantry
1915 under the Derby scheme. This was a scheme put into place in the autumn of 1915, encouraging men between the ages of 18-41 yrs to join up. Many thousands did so but still not enough to meet the country’s fighting strength goals and so conscription was introduced in Jan 1916.
Glencoe House, Broad Street, Kingsbury Episcopi.
Date of death
7 August 1917
Age of death
Circumstances of death
Walter was killed in action at Pilkem Ridge during the battle of Passchendaele. His battalion came under heavy German shelling. 11 men including Walter were killed, 21 wounded and 2 declared missing.
Bard Cottage Cemetery, IV.B.9 Ypres, Belgium
Date of birth & full name
26 February 1880. WALTER TALBOT
Gardener in the 1911 census. He later became a postman. He was also a sexton at St. Martin’s Church, and bell ringer.
Frederick Talbot 1853-1920 and Martha A Talbot (nee Lock) 1854-1894. They married in 1873.
Spouse & children
Annie Talbot (nee Harvey) 1879-1931. Annie and Walter married 15th October 1901. Daughter – Martha Doris Mowbray Talbot 1903-1965 married John Charles Mead 1904-1964 in 1928.
British War Medal and Victory Medal.
Sarah b.1875; Herbert b.1878
Walter b.1880, d. 1917
Kate b.1885; Harry b. 1886; Jim b.1890
Walter was a Somerset Volunteer before he joined up in 1915. He was picked for special duties to guard Queen Victoria on a visit to the West Country.
He was also a bell ringer, one of over 1400 bell ringers from Britain who were killed in WW1.
In 2018 Kingsbury Episcopi Church Bell Ringers recruited four new members as part of the Ringing Remembers scheme, which aimed to recruit 0ver 1400 new bell ringers across the country to ring for the Centenary of the Armistice on 11.11.2018. The photo below shows the bell ringers of 2018, including the four new members. Their names are: David Lane, Roddy Baille-Grohman, Richard Dowdeswell, Phil Shillito, Graham Beckinsale, Sheila Frost, Mark Wyatt, Pauline Warren , Nelleke Storey, Nicola Dowdeswell, Janet Elswood, Nick Frost. They walk in Walter’s footsteps as they climb to the ringing chamber every Wednesday evening for bell-ringing practice, on Sundays to ring for services and when they ring the bells for festivals, weddings and funerals.