North, Walter Robert. Died 26th May 1915

The name W R North appears on the Rugby Memorial Gates.

The only person who died in WW1 to match this name is Walter Robert North who died on 26th May 1915. We have not found any connection with Rugby.


Walter Robert North was born in Devizes, Wiltshire in 1886. His parents were George Edward and Amelia (nee Bateman) who had married in Camberwell in 1879. Both were born in Oxfordshire and George was working as a prison warder in Devises at the time.

By 1901 the family had returned to Oxford and in 1907 Walter married Clara Ann Kilbee there. In 1991 He was working as a Tram Conductor. They had three children.

At the start of the war Walter enlisted, at Oxford, in the Queens Own Oxfordshire Hussars, as a private (regimental no 1607) and arrived in France/Flanders on 20 September 1914.

At some point he was wounded and died of wounds on 26th May 1915. He was buried at Oxford (Botley) Cemetery.

Perhaps some indication of where he received his injuries is the birth in Oxford, on 2nd November 1915, of Robert Walter Ypres North.