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Name Walter Styche
Date/Place of Birth 18 Sept 1893 / Stables, Cambridge Yard, Chester Gate, St Pancras
Parents' Names George H J Styche; Louisa Caroline (Nee Packham )
Father's Occupation/Location Private Coachman; Bayswater
Father's Death/Incapacity Kicked by a horse
Admitted to AO 3 Nov 1900 (Aged 7)
Admission No 5433
Left OWS&AO Dec 1908 (Aged 15)
Occupation/Residence 2 Brooks Mews, Nth Paddington, London
Enlistment Location St Pancras
Service/Rank/Number Army; L/Cpl; 12043
Battalion/Regiment 2nd Battalion, Prince Charlote of Wales's
Killed/Death 25 Mar 1918 (Aged 24)
Country/Memorial/Cemetry France; Pozieres Memorial
Memorial Reference Panel 56 and 57
Campaign Medals Victory Medal; British War Medal
   
Walter was born to George and Louisa Styche on 18 September 1893 at St. Pancras, Middlesex. Walter was admitted to the Alexandra Orphanage in November 1900, at age 7, following the accidental death of his father, a Private Coachman, who was kicked by a horse. An older brother, Alfred, had been admitted to the Orphan Working School earlier in 1900; a younger sibling, Charles Henry, joined Walter at the School in 1907. Walter left the Orphan Working School and Alexandra Orphanage in December 1908, aged 15. The 1911 Census shows Walter living with his mother and another older brother who had not been at the Orphan Working School. It is not known when Walter enlisted for active service. He joined 2nd Battalion, Royal Berkshire Regiment and was despatched to France to fight on the Western Front on 25 July 1915. The Battalion was heavily involved in the “March Offensive” in 1918. L/Cpl Styche was killed in action on 25 March 1918 and is commemorated on the Pozieres Memorial, which encloses the Pozieres Cemetery, near Albert, in the Department de la Somme in France. Over 14,000 United Kingdom and 300 South African servicemen, who have no known grave, are commemorated at Pozieres.
   
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