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World War 1 Memorial Project

Walter Coleman


Name: Walter Coleman

Rank: Driver

Service Number: 9378

Regiment: Royal Horse Artillery

Battalion/Unit number: 72nd Brigade

Date/year of Birth: 1888

Place of Birth: Taunton

Place of Residence: 2 Laburnum Street, Taunton (parents), 42 Alfred Street, Taunton (wife)

Date of Death: 10th April 1915

Place of Death: Bulford Camp, Salisbury

Burial/Memorial: St James Cemetery, Taunton

Walter Coleman was the son of James and Emily Coleman, and the family (three boys and one girl) lived at 2 Laburnum Street in Taunton.  James worked as a hairdresser, and by the age of 13 Walter was working in the local collar factory.  In 1910 Walter married Kate Norris and they moved to 9 King Street.  Walter was now a groom in a livery stables in Fivehead and Kate worked in the laundry at the shirt factory.  While in Fivehead Walter assisted the Fivehead Association Football Club.

With a background working with horses, Walter joined the Royal Horse Artillery as a driver as soon as war broke out.  On 10th April 1915 Walter was in training at Bulford Camp, Salisbury when he accidentally fell from his horse and was killed.  He was buried at St James Cemetry in Taunton

Walter's brothers Henry James and Herbert both served in the war, Henry in the Gloucestershire Regiment and then the Labour Corps and Herbert in the 18th Royal Hussars.  Henry James died on 13th April 1918.

Gravestone for Walter Coleman, located in St James Cemetery, Staplegrove Road, Taunton.


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