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EARLE, Walter Colby


Name: Cookham School Lane, Cookham
NIWM Ref: 7925
RBWM Ref: WM151

Person Details

Place of birth: Marylebone, London
Gender: Male
Date of death: 07/04/1915
Place of death: Chester, Cheshire, UK
Manner of death: Died of disease
Age at death: 57
CWGC Ref: 2746828
TWGPP Ref: 3816826
Address: Oveys Farm High Street Cookham
Address: Church Gate Cookham
Address: 6 Greyfriars Chester

Military details

Joined: Reservist or Territorial
Military Organisation: Army
Rank: Captain
Joined: Transferred
Military Organisation: Army
Military Unit/Group: 3rd Battalion, Cheshire Regiment
Rank: Captain
Military Organisation: Army
Military Unit/Group: 5th Battalion, Darbyshire Regiment
Rank: Lieutenant


Father Henry Edward Colby EARLE
Wife Eliza Julia EARLE
Brother Archdale EARLE
Brother Loftus EARLE
Mother Ana Maria EARLE

Additional information

Walter had previously served in the South African War, as a Captain in the Cheshire Regiment (Harts Annual Army List 1900). He rejoined his old regiment at the outbreak of war in 1914, aged 56.The northern city of Chester had become his home, but earlier he had lived for five years in Cookham, at Churchgate, next to Holy Trinity church - the house that was later to serve as a convalescent home during the war. According to the Cookham War Memorial Committee he died of "overstrain due to Military Duties" but the Commonwealth War Graves Commission records state that he died due to a cerebral haemorrhage. Walter is buried in the Overleigh cemetery, Chester, Cheshire. Grave 6364. Overleigh Cemetery contains 127 WW1 graves, of which half being of people who died at Chester War Hospital. Thousands lined the streets of Chester at Walter Earle’s funeral, with full military honours and ‘300 men in khaki’.
Walter was born in 1858 and baptised on 21st March 1858. His parents were named as Henry and Ann Maria, of 25 Upper Berkeley St, London W1. His father was a wine merchant. In 1871, aged 13, the census shows him to be a boarder with the Rector of Aspenden, presumably at a school. Boarding with him was his brother Archdale Earle, age 10. Archdale was the 6th son, who was later in the Indian Civil Service and was knighted. In 1889 the electoral roll shows Walter to be living in London at 8, Cathcart Road, SW, with his brother Loftus Earle.
Walter's marriage to Eliza Julia (Lizzie) is registered in Jul/Sept 1896. By the 1911 census, aged 53, he was living at 14 St Leonard's St, London S.W, with Lizzie, and 2 servants in a 9 room house. He described himself as "late captain in the Army." He was also listed at Lords as an MCC member. His address when he died was 6, Greyfriars, Chester. Probate records show Walter left £1,971.14s.6d, and Loftus Earle, company director, was named as executor. His wife Eliza was born in 1867 and after Walter died, she lived at Church-gate, Cookham and Oveys Farm in Cookham. She died in Cookham in May 1942 with the death registered in Llandudno (information from the Cookham War Memorial Committee).


Promotion to captain as stated in the London Gazette.

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