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Walter was born in Wolverhampton in 1899, the son of William and Edith Spencer. In 1901 they were living at 8 Graiseley Street, Wolverhampton, along with Walter’s siblings William H., Lillian M., Ernest, Frederick and Edith. The family were living at 15 Peel Street in 1911, and Walter had gained three more siblings – Charlie, Florence and May.

Walter enlisted as a Private in the West Yorkshire Regiment (number 53339). On 27 March 1918, he was reported as missing. However, by 29 May 1918, the Express & Star were able to report that he had written home to state he was a prisoner in Germany. His address by this date was 62 Great Brickkiln Street, Wolverhampton. He was taken prisoner at Rosiers, and was held at the Quesnoy camp. He had only been on active service a fortnight when he was taken prisoner.

Walter survived the war, and in 1920 he married Doris E. Robbins in Wolverhamtpon. They had a daughter, Edna M. (1921) and a son, Geoffrey W. (1926). Walter died in Wolverhampton in 1978