Walter was born in Wolverhampton in 1878, the son of George and Ann Fletcher. In 1881, they were living at 50 Peel Street, Wolverhampton, with Walter’s siblings Frances H., George T. and Alfred. Walter married Elizabeth Lawton in Wolverhampton in 1903. By 1911, they were living at 123 Lime Street, Wolverhampton, together with three children – Frances E., Florence E. and Lilian. Walter had become an Insurance Agent. The couple had a further two children between 1912 and 1914.
Walter served with the South Staffordshire Regiment during the Boer War, “which he came through without a scratch”. As a Reservist, he was called up on 23 August 1914 (number 9986). He first served in France from 17 December 1914. He was killed in action on 18 May 1915, and this was published in the Express & Star on 2 July 1915. He is commemorated at the Le Touret Memorial. He may also appear on the St Chad and St Mark’s Church War Memorial.