Born: Early 1891 in Whitchurch, Shropshire; baptised 17 April that year in Myddle, Shropshire.
Family: He was the eldest of four children born to Robert Lee Hales, a joiner, and his wife Elizabeth Ann. He married Amy Hales in 1921 in Dewsbury, Yorkshire and together they had one child, Walter R L.
Residence: The family were living in West End, Whitchurch, Shropshire when Walter was born. By 1901 they had moved to 164 Wrexham Road, Whitchurch. In 1911 Walter was living at 28 Belton Road, Whitchurch, the same address as shown in 1919. In 1935 at the time of his death he was living at Lebornor, Torrisholme Road, Lancaster, Lancashire.
Employment: In 1911 his occupation was linotype operator; when he enlisted in 1915, he declared that he was a printer and stationer.
Died: 21 June 1935 at the Isolation Hospital in Lancaster.
Regiment: Leinster Regiment (previously King’s Shropshire Light Infantry)
Service Number: 15332 (previously 33095)
Date of Enlistment: 2 March 1916
Date of Discharge: 23 October 1919
Reason for Discharge: Demobilisation