Baptism and Birth records show Walter’s date of birth in 1877, yet according to Naval records his date of birth is recorded as 21 June 1876. Today, family believe Walter may have altered his age to join the navy.
Walter joined the Royal Navy in 1892 when he was approximately 15 years old. Before he enlisted Walter was employed as a shoemaker.
Walter married Jane Keeble, (born 1879), in 1901. The following year the couple had one son, Walter John jnr, born in 1902. The family lived at 41 Menzies Street, in the Dingle area of Liverpool. (this street is now part of the Festival Gardens site and is where singer Gerry Marsden was born and raised)
Walter John jnr served in the Merchant Navy as a young man towards the end of the war and would later serve in the Army with the King’s Rifles in India and in the defence of Calais in WWII.