BYE, John

No.34972, Private, Walter BYE
Aged 20

12th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment
Died of his Wounds on Friday, 5th April 1918

Walter Bye was born in 1897 in Saxon Street, Cambridgeshire, (Newmarket Q4-1897 3B:495), the son of James and Alice BYE (née CLAYDON).

1901 census...Aged 5, he was at Victoria Row, Ashley cum Silverley with his father James BYE [51] brickmaker, born Woodditton; his mother Alice [37] born Stetchworth; brothers Arthur [19] bricklayer's labourer, born Newmarket, Charles [13] telegraph messenger, born Kirtling and Walter [3] born Saxon Street; sisters Daisy [11] born Kirtling, Alice [8] born Saxon Street and twins Dorothy and Doris [1] born Ashley.

1911 census...Aged 15, farm labourer, he was at Front Street, Ousden with his parents (father now a labourer); brothers Charles and Walter (farm labourers) and Richard James [6] born Ousden; sisters Dorothy and Doris.

His elder brother John was killed near Bullecourt, France in May 1917 . see here

He enlisted in Bury St. Edmunds.

Wimereux is a small town just north of Boulgone and was the base for several hospitals. Due to the instability of the ground, the headstone are all flat on the ground, with usually 2 0r 3 names on each.

Without Walter's Army records it is impossible to say where or when he was wounded especially as he was at a base hospital.

photo: Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Walter Bye is buried in Wimereux Communal Cemetery, grave 10:A:13

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