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Walter LIMMER

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Surname: LIMMER

Forename(s): Walter

Place of Birth: Langcliffe, Yorkshire

Service No: 13659

Rank: Private

Regiment / Corps / Service: Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment)

Battalion / Unit: 10th (Service) Battalion

Division: 23rd Division

Age: ---

Date of Death: 1918-09-12

Awards: ---

CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: Plot 1. Row D. Grave 9.

CWGC Cemetery: CAVALLETTO BRITISH CEMETERY

CWGC Memorial: ---

Non-CWGC Burial: ---

Local War Memorial: EARBY, YORKSHIRE

Local War Memorial: GRASSINGTON, YORKSHIRE

Local War Memorial: HEBDEN, YORKSHIRE

Local War Memorial: LINTON-IN-CRAVEN, YORKSHIRE

Additional Information:

Walter Limmer was the son of Robert and Mary Ann Limmer, née King and brother of L/Sergeant John Thomas Limmer (11491) (q.v.). Their father was born at Banham, Norfolk and mother at Bardwell near Ixworth, Suffolk.

1901 Langcliffe, Yorkshire Census: Walter Limmer, aged 5 years, born Langcliffe, Yorkshire, son of Robert and Mary A. Limmer.

1911 Wigglesworth, Yorkshire Census: Pyethorns - Walton [sic] Limmer, aged 15 years, born Langcliffe, Yorkshire. [Walter was employed by Richard Clark, Farmer.]

Walter was married to Alice Wade in 1918.

British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: Pte Walter Limmer, 13659, W. Rid. R. Theatre of War first served in: (1) France.date of entry therein: 26.8.15. D. of W. 12.9.18.

British Army WW1 Medal and Award Rolls: Pte Walter Limmer, 13659, 10th W. Rid. R. D. of W. 12.9.18.

Army Registers of Soldiers' Effects: Pte Walter Limmer, 13659, 10th Bn W. Riding. Date and Place of Death: 12.9.18 Italy. To whom Authorised/Amount Authorised: Widow - Alice. £25 15s. 7d.

See also:
‘Earby in the First World War’ by Stephanie Carter, published by Earby & District Local History Society (2014).
‘Our Finest Crop’ by Steven Marshall, published by Earby & District Local History Society (2020).
‘Silva Gars’ by John Crowther (1930).
‘Swaledale & Wharfedale Remembered - Aspects of Dales’ life through peace and war’ by Keith Taylor (2006).

Data Source: Craven’s Part in the Great War - original CPGW book entry

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Entry in West Yorkshire Pioneer Illustrated War Record:

GRASSINGTON

LIMNER [sic], Walter, West Riding Regiment, killed in action, Sept. 13, 1918.

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Private Walter LIMMER

Private Walter LIMMER

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment)

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment)

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 23rd Division

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 23rd Division

Data from Soldiers Died in the Great War 1914 - 1919 Records

Soldiers Died Data for Soldier Records

Surname: LIMMER

Forename(s): William

Born: Settle, Yorks

Residence: Kelbrook, Yorks

Enlisted: Grassington, Yorks

Number: 13659

Rank: Private

Regiment: Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment)

Battalion: 10th Battalion

Decorations:

Died Date: 12/09/18

Died How: Died of wounds

Theatre of War: Italy

Notes:

Data from Commonwealth War Graves Commission Records

CWGC Data for Soldier Records

Surname: LIMMER

Forename(s): W

Country of Service: United Kingdom

Service Number: 13659

Rank: Private

Regiment: Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment)

Unit: 10th Bn.

Age:

Awards:

Died Date: 12/09/1918

Additional Information:

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The Upper Wharfedale Co., West Riding Regiment

The Upper Wharfedale Co., West Riding Regiment

Back row (l-r): T.S. Worsley, R. Harper, W. Oldfield, A. Stubbs, Walter Limmer, W.P. Inman. Front row (l-r): W. Eley, William Burley, C.J. Kelly, Benjamin Beaumont

Our Wharfedale Lads

Our Wharfedale Lads

Recruits to the 'A' Coy 10th Battalion Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment) at Grassington Station, September 21st 1914. Front row left-right: 1 - Benjamin Beaumont, 5 - William Burley, 8 - William Limmer. Back row left-right: 8 - Tom Swales

Courtesy of Keith Taylor ('Swaledale and Wharfedale Remembered')

Upper Wharfedale Recruits

Upper Wharfedale Recruits

Upper Wharfedale Recruits leaving Grassington Station, September 21st 1914. Front row, kneeling, left-right: 1 - ?Arthur Stubbs, 2 - William Burley, 3 - Benjamin Beaumont (his sister Jenny is standing at the far right of the photograph), 4 - R. Harper, 5 - C.J. Kelly. Second row, left-right: 1 - W. Eley, 2 - W. Oldfield, 3 - W.P. Inman, 4 - Walter Limmer, 7 - T.S. Worsley, 8 - T. Darwin. Third row, left-right: 4 - Tom Swales

Courtesy of Keith Taylor (‘Swaledale and Wharfedale Remembered’)

Unknown platoon of 'A' Company, 10th (Service) Battalion, Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment), Aldershot, 1914

Unknown platoon of 'A' Company, 10th (Service) Battalion, Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment), Aldershot, 1914

Photograph sent home to his parents at Bolton by Bowland by Pte Henry (Harry) Valance Killeen (13738). Henry is standing, with his hands behind his back, 11th from right. His brother, Pte Reginald Victor Whiteley Killeen (q.v.), was killed in action on the 25 January 1916

Courtesy of Paula Ann Payne (née Bailey), Barnoldswick

'A' Company, 10th (Service) Battalion The Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment), Bramshott, August, 1915

'A' Company, 10th (Service) Battalion The Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment), Bramshott, August, 1915

Courtesy of Bernard Ideson

Names of identified officers and other ranks on above photograph

Names of identified officers and other ranks on above photograph

Private Walter Limmer

Private Walter Limmer

From the collection of Captain Richard (Dick) Bolton. The note accompanying it reads: W. Limmer, for 2 years my servant in France. Killed on Asiago Plateau July 1918

Courtesy of Henry Bolton

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28 July 1916

GRASSINGTON’S ROLL OF HONOUR

As the war drags its slow length along, the local ‘Roll of Honour’ grows, and this week another brave name has to be added. This is that of Sergeant John Thomas Limmer, who was killed in action in the great advance. The information has been sent by his brother, Pte. Walter Limmer. Sergeant Limmer was in his 33rd year, and was in the A Company of the 8th Yorkshire Regiment. The death has not been officially confirmed, but in the letter referred to, which was received last week but is undated, his brother says:– “I have been talking to the two Sergeants out of the same company as Tom, and they both told me that he was quite well and cheerful up to the time he was killed, and that he did not suffer at all; he was killed outright, the bullet going right through his heart.”

Sergeant Limmer was born at Lazonby, in Cleveland, and came to Grassington 13 years ago; he leaves a wife, child and widowed mother for whom there is great public sympathy.

20 September 1918

GRASSINGTON – The Lads

Private E.H. Brayshaw, has been admitted to 2nd Western General Hospital, Alexandra Park, Stockport, suffering from wounds in left shoulder, left wrist, and right foot. He is reported to be doing well. Private Brayshaw joined the forces about two years ago. He was previously employed by Mr. R. Lord, butcher, Grassington. – Private Walter Limmer has been severely wounded in the head.

04 October 1918

GRASSINGTON FAMILY’S SACRIFICE – FOUR SONS: TWO KILLED, ONE WOUNDED

It is with deep sympathy and regret that we report the death in action of Private Walter Limmer, the youngest son of Mrs. Limmer, Grassington, and the second to fall in action. Another brother is wounded in hospital, and one is serving in France. Pte. Limmer enlisted in September 1914, went out to France in August 1915, and was transferred to Italy in November of last year. He came home on leave on August 10th in the best of health. He was a fine type of manhood. He was married whilst at home and much sympathy is extended to his young wife. He had acted as officer’s servant, and in a letter to his wife his officer says the sad event took place on September 13th while serving with the British Expeditionary Force in Italy.

The letter adds:– “I write on behalf of No. 4 Platoon and myself to express my deep sympathy in your great bereavement. I personally feel the loss very much, as perhaps you know he has been my batman for some months now, and consequently we have been much together in the trenches, and naturally got to know each other very well. We had just moved to a new camp on the 13th, and your husband had only reported an hour before to me from leave. He had just finished tea when a shell came over that gave us no chance, and burst in the midst of us. Walter, I found, was badly wounded in his head. We immediately dressed his wounds and rushed off to the doctor, but I don’t think he ever regained consciousness until the following day, when he died at 4-30; at any rate he did not suffer any pain. I assure you we all miss him very much because he was always cheerful and willing to do anything I asked of him. You will be glad to know that he is buried in a very pretty cemetery in a pine wood. We have made a very nice cross for his grave. Be assured his resting place will be looked after as far as we are able. Yours very truly, G. C. SUGDEN”

Lieutenant-Colonel F. A. Settbridge, of the Duke of Wellington’s Regiment, writes very appreciatively of the deceased soldier, and says:– “He was a good and a gallant soldier, and it is particularly sad that he should have been hit just after returning from leave. Please accept the sincerest sympathy of myself and all my fellow officers in your terrible bereavement. Your consolation must be that your husband died doing his duty for his King and Country.”

In another letter a pal says:– “He was always one of the cheeriest, best and bravest – an example of what a really good soldier should be. The regiment can ill afford to lose men of his type.”

12 September 1919

LIMMER – In loving memory of my dear husband, Pte. Walter Limmer, who died from wounds on Sept. 13th, 1918, received in Italy.

Some may think that I forget him
When they sometimes see me smile;
But they little know the sorrow
That a smile hides all the while.

From his loving Wife at 36 Waterloo Road, Kelbrook.

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28 July 1916

GRASSINGTON’S ROLL OF HONOUR

As the war drags its slow length along, the local Roll of Honour grows, and this week another brave name has to be added. It is that of Sergeant John Thomas Limmer, who was killed in action in the great advance. The information has been sent by his brother, Pte. Walter Limmer. Sergeant Limmer was in his 33rd year, and was in the A Company of the 8th Yorkshire Regiment. The death has not been officially confirmed, but in the letter referred to, which was received last week, but is undated, his brother says:– “I have been talking to the two Sergeants out of the same company as Tom, and they both told me that he was quite well and cheerful up to the time he was killed, and that he did not suffer at all. He was killed outright, the bullet going right through his heart.” Sergeant Limmer was born at Lazonby, in Cleveland, and came to Grassington 13 years ago. He leaves a wife, one child and widowed mother, for whom great sympathy is felt.

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