Born in Bettisfield, Flintshire in 1893, the eldest son of Thomas and Alice Ann Maddox of The Gate House, Alberbury, Shropshire.
Husband to Gertrude Maddox (nee Whitfield) of 2 Vine Cottage, Croftons, Ellesmere, Shropshire. Gertrude remarried and became Gertrude Butcher.
At the age of 11, Walter was involved in the unsuccessful rescue of other children from the ice and nearly lost his life. He was hailed a hero in what became known as ‘The Bettisfield Ice Tragedy’.
Walter was a blacksmith, having learned the trade from his father; he joined the Royal Engineers as a farrier.
Walter contracted tuberculosis on active service in France in 1916 and was discharged, no longer physically fit for war service, at Tooting Military Hospital from the army on 13 August 1917. He left to live with his parents in Alberbury.
Walter is also commemorated on the Alberbury, Shropshire memorial
Regiment : Royal Engineers
Rank : Farrier Sergeant
Service Number : 41510
Died of illness; UK 26 June 1918 Aged 25