Walter Hingley was the son of Frederick and Sarah Hingley of Blackheath. He enlisted in the Worcesters before 1914 and served in the 1st Battalion which was stationed in India. The battalion returned home soon after war was declared in August 1914 and when it landed in France on the 5th November it went into the front line in Artois. For the first of the British Spring attacks at Neuve Chapelle the Worcesters were in the front line. The battle lasted from the 12th to the 15th March and no ground was gained. The losses were high and included Private Walter Hingley who was severely wounded. He was taken to a military hospital near Dieppe where he died of wounds on the 24th March. He was 20 years of age and is buried in Le Treport Military Cemetery (I C 11). He is commemorated on the Blackheath and Halesowen Memorials.
ST JOHN THE BAPTIST CHURCH,High St,Halesowen,Dudley,West Midlands,B63 3BB,England, B63 3BB
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