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Walter was born in Wolverhampton in 1885, the son of Edward and Sarah Hall. By 1911, he was a boarder in the home of John Edward Seymour at 35 Camp Street, Wolverhampton. Walter was a wood turner.

Walter enlisted in the South Staffordshire Regiment (number 4666), before transferring to the 14th (Service) Battalion of the Hampshire Regiment (number 26866). He was killed in action on 26 November 1916. He is commemorated at the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial.