Walter Whynn

 

Private; 9th (Service) Battalion, Cheshire Regiment

Killed in action: 27th March 1918, near Bapaume

Walter Whynn was born in Llanishen in 1898, son of Walter and Elizabeth Whynn. The family lived initially in 221 Fidlas Road and then later in Rathdown Villa, on the same street. Walter senior worked as a bricklayer and when his son came of age the two worked together as masons.

Walter enlisted in the Army in November 1916, aged 17 years 328 days. He was called up when he turned 18 the following year and posted to the 16th Battalion of the Cheshire Regiment. Upon arrival in France in early 1918, he was transferred to the 9th Battalion of the same regiment, which was in the line near Bapaume.

On 21st March 1918 the Germans launched their great Spring Offensive in the region and Walter was caught in the chaos as the British were forced to withdraw. His battalion was part of a counter-attack launched on the 27th March to try and halt the German advance, and it was during this attack that he was reported missing.

He had in fact been killed in action, aged just 19, and been buried by the German Army in what became Delsaux Farm Cemetery. His parents ensured he was commemorated on the memorials in St Isan’s Church, and they both rest in the churchyard.