Walter Graves

Walter Reginald Graves was born in Jul 1898 at The Lodge, Dunholm and brought up in Welton.  He was the oldest son of George (a farm labourer) and Mary Anne Graves.  His connection to Fulbeck is not clear, but in 1919 his younger brother Percy (who died in the Grantham area in1979) was a servant on Fulbeck Heath, so it’s likely that Walter had been working in the Fulbeck area for some years although his parents stayed in Welton and he’d moved to Uppingham by 1917.

Walter joined the Leicestershire Regiment at Oakham in Feb 1917, but was later transferred to the 5th Battalion, Durham Light Infantry.  He trained at Rugeley and then Jarrow before being sent to France at the end of Nov. He was killed in action on 15th Jan 1918 and is buried at Wimereux Communal Cemetery.  His medals were sent to his parents in Welton but were returned. He name is on the Welton and Fulbeck War Memorials