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Walter Edward Hallett was born in Wolverhampton in 1888, the son of Alfred and Ellen C. Hallett. In 1901 they were living at 39 Jameson Street, together with Walter’s brothers Albert V. and William A., and sisters Elsie S., Ethel M. and Lilian M. Walter attended St Andrew’s School and joined the Church Lads’ Brigade. On leaving school, he got a job at the Electric Construction Company in Bushbury, and worked there for five years.
In 1907, he joined the South Staffordshire Regiment (having previously served with the Volunteer Force). He rose to become a Sergeant in the 9th Battalion (number 8095). As well as serving with the army, he was a keen boxer, being the champion middleweight of his battalion. On 23 August 1916, his name was published in the London Gazette as a recipient of the Military Medal. On 10 July 1917, he was killed in action. He was honoured in the Midland Counties Express on 11 August 1917, and is commemorated at the Railway Dugouts Burial Ground (Transport Farm) in Belgium.