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Tom was born in Wolverhampton in 1891, the son of Thomas and Elizabeth Walters. He first attended the Wesleyan Schools, then moved to the Higher Grade and later the local Centre School, before attending the Wesleyan Training College in Westminster, London. They were living at 2 Alexandra Street, Wolverhampton, in 1901, along with Tom’s sisters, Florence, Gertrude, Elsie and Ruby. They had moved to Dalton Street by 1911, and Tom had an additional two sisters, Nelly and Dorothy. Tom passed his examination, and became a teacher at Dudley Road Schools under the Wolverhampton Education Committee.
Along with about 25 fellow teachers, Tom enlisted in the armt, joining the 1st/6th Battalion of the South Staffordshire Regiment (number 2820). He first served in France on 25 June 1915. He was wounded in battle and was sent home to recuperate, but was drafted for service again on 16 March 1916. He was wounded again, but died of these wounds on 2 July 1916. An article about his death appeared in the Midland Counties Express on 16 December 1916. He is buried at the Warlincourt Halte British Cemetery, Saulty, France, and is remembered on the Higher Grade School memorial