AVIS, Walter William

No.240612, Private, Walter William AVIS
Aged 25

5th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment
formerly No.2484, Suffolk Regiment
Killed in Action on Tuesday, 27th November 1917

Walter William Avis was born in 1894 in Ousden, (Newmarket Q1-1893 3B:495), baptised in St. Peter's, Ousden on 18th March 1894 the son of Edmund Tedd and Mary Elizabeth AVIS (née MISON). The birth year on the baptismal record does not appear to be correct, perhaps a transcription error?

1901 census...Aged 8, he was at Front Street, Ousden with his father "John" AVIS [54] a gardener, born Chevington; his mother Mary [49]; brothers James [27]farm labourer and Alfred [16] gamekeeper; sisters Kate [14], Edith [12] and Lily [10]. His father was the only one not born in Ousden.

His father died in 1906.

1911 census...Aged 18, a farm labourer, he was still at Front Street, Ousden with his widowed mother, brother James (gardener) and sister Lily.

The pension card has his mother at The Lodge, Ousden.

He enlisted in Bury St. Edmunds.
The 1st/5th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment were in Ramleh at the end of 1917 in Divisional Reserve. On 26th November 4 Turkish aeroplanes found the camp and bombed it, killing 7 and wounding another 7. The next day the battalion moved out in support of 162nd Brigade and assisted in thwarting an attack at Wilhelma. The seven killed are presumably the same seven recorded killed on the 26th by CWGC.

photo: Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Walter Avis is buried in Ramleh War Cemetery,Israel, grave B:74

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