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Date of Birth
Date of Death
23 Feb 1919
War time / or Pre War occupation
Place of Birth
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Soldier or Civilian
Cpl Walter Albert Alford, A/293888, Army Service Corps (Canteens), died at the No 2 General Hospital, Le Havre, France, on February 23rd, 1919, from pneumonia following influenza. He was aged 27 and had been expected back at 50 Reginald Street, Luton, at the time.
His widow Dorothy Frances (nee Fetch), who Walter married in 1916, shortly before he went to France, was told in a letter from one of her husband's comrades that Walter was buried in the presence of 16 chums and officers. Pink and white carnations were scattered on his coffin as it was lowered. The Union Jack was used as a pall, and trumpets sounded the Last Post.
Before the war Walter had been a gardener for Mr Edwin Brown, of Hart Hill, and at Stockwood House.
Walter was born at Waterlooville, Hants, in 1891. He is commemorated on the roll of honour at St Matthew's Church, Luton.