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There is an entry in the Wolverhampton Council’s Education Committee minutes on 18 July 1916 that one of its teachers, Private B. L. Shotton, has been wounded in action. It is likely that this is Walter’s brother, Bernard, as his full name according to his birth registration was Bernard Louis.

Like his brother, Bernard was born in King’s Norton, in his case on 13 January 1894. He appears alongside Walter at 186 Bilston Road, Wolverhampton, in the 1901 census. As is clear from the minutes, at some point he trained as a teacher.

Bernard enlisted with the Royal Warwickshire Regiment (number 305151) and, although he was wounded in action, he survived the war. He married Nellie M. Austin in Aston in 1918, and they had two children, Norman and John, between 1925 and 1927. Bernard died in Southampton in 1973.