Walter Partridge came from Halesowen and his parents lived at Stable Cottages, The Leasowes, Halesowen. He worked at the Coombs Wood tube works nearby. In 1914 he volunteered for the Worcesters and joined the 9th (Service) Battalion. They were in training for nearly a year and were then sent out to Gallipoli to break the stalemate on the peninsula. They landed successfully on the 6th August and attempted to seize the crest of the ridge. They were close by the 10th but were driven off by the defenders. The climate was extremely hot and trench warfare in the gullies and ravines highly dangerous. Sickness was an additional concern and, when the climate changed in November with floods and frosts, many suffered. Private Walter Partridge died on the 20th November. He is buried at Hill 10 Cemetery (V D 6) and commemorated on the Halesowen and Halesowen C of E Memorials.
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