No.223190, Private, Walter BAREHAM
Aged 35

226th Div. Employment Coy, Labour Corps
formerly 51576, 2nd Battalion, Royal Fusiliers
formerly 6892 Duke of Cambridge's Own (Middlesex Regiment)
Killed in Action on Tuesday, 7th August 1917

Walter Bareham was born in Stoke by Clare on 26th July 1882 (Risbridge Q3-1882 4A:562), son of Daniel and Eliza BAREHAM (née PLEDGER).

Admitted to Stoke by Clare National/Voluntary School in March 1985, when living at The Green.

1891 census...Aged 8, he was at Cottage, Mill Lane, Stoke by Clare with his father Daniel BAREHAM [46] farm labourer born Toppesfield; his mother Eliza [44] born Stoke; brothers Arthur [18], Alfred [13], Herbert [1] and widowed grandmother Susannah [83]. All except his father were born in Stoke by Clare.

1901 census...Aged 18, a brickfield labourer, he was boarding at 119 Shortlands Road, Sittingbourne, Kent with the PRICE family. His parents were still in Stoke with his brother Herbert [11] and sister Miriam [9]. He married Alice Bobby on 24 April 1909, who later re-married, in 1921, to Charles BEST of The Rising Sun, Swanscombe, Kent

1911 census...Aged 28, a cement labourer, he was at 75 High Street, Galley Hill, Swanscombe with his wife Alice [24] born Swanscombe and their son Walter John [23rd April 1910]. His parents and brother Herbert (domestic gardener) were at The Green, Stoke by Clare.

Further children were Constance Alice [26 July 1911], Leslie George [8th March 1913] and Frederick Alfred [20th Nov 1915], all born in Swanscombe
Living Relatives form completed by his widow in 1919, she and the four children were in Swanscombe, his parents were both still in Stoke by Clare.

On the pension card his widow and four children were at The Rising Sun, Milton Street, Swanscombe.

He enlisted in Gravesend, when resident in Swanscombe, Kent
Enlisting in Gravesend on 11th 1915, he gave his occupation as Publican, aged 33, born Stoke by Clare, he was 5 feet 8.5 inches (174 cm) tall, weighed 182 lbs (82.6 kg), chest 39" to 42" (99.1 to 106.7 cm). Embarked at Southampton for Le Havre on 22nd November 1916 and joined 2nd Battalion Royal Fusiliers in the field on 10th December. Transferred to Brigade Tunnelling Coy on 22st January 19167 and then transferred to 226 Divisional Employment Company, Labour Corps on 20th June 1917.

His service record does not say where he was when killed and since he was in the Labour Corps by then there is little chance of finding the location.

photo; Pierre Vandervelden

Walter Bareham is buried in Bleuet Farm Cemetery, grave 1:E:22

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