Walter A Astley

View Walter A on the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website
Service number:
Farrier Serjeant
Royal Field Artillery
Date of birth:
Date of death:
28 November 1918
Age at Death:

Known information

Walter Astley was one of four sons of Alfred and Catherine Astley of Bisbrooke. Catherine had been born in the village. The couple lived in Birmingham for a time but when Catherine died in 1905, Alfred moved back to Bisbrooke where he worked as a shoemaker. Walter was a professional soldier who had joined the Royal Field Artillery before the First World War broke out. He went out with the British Expeditionary Force, sailing from Southampton on 16 August 1914. He fought at Mons and a few weeks later was wounded by shrapnel in his right thigh. He came home to England to recover before rejoining his unit. There is a gap in our knowledge from this point. We know from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission he served with A Battery 92nd Brigade and survived the war only to die two weeks after it ended, but from what, we do not know. He is buried at the Solesmes British Cemetery in France, grave I.E.8, and is remembered on Bisbrooke's war memorial. Two of Walter's brothers were serving in 1914, William with the Royal Field Artillery and Henry (known as Harry) with the Army Service Corps.

Thank you to Camilla Brandal for her research into Walter which has enabled us to tell his story more fully.

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2 images Mr Astley's grave
By John Stokes on Wednesday 12th November '14 at 3:27pm
A Rutlander, living in Belgium
W Astley's medal card (62243) shows he was Walter.
By cbrandal on Thursday 29th January '15 at 3:26pm
An article from The Grantham Journal dated 24 December 2014 about the Astley boys.
By cbrandal on Thursday 29th January '15 at 4:49pm
Another article from the Grantham Journal dated 16 January 2015.
By cbrandal on Wednesday 12th August '15 at 2:51pm

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