Gunner Walter Bax

Gunner Walter BaxWalter Bax was part member of a large family of boys, who were all in the Army.  The son of Mr Alfred W. Bax and Clara E. Bax, of 17 North Road, Bromley, Kent.  He was brother to Private George Bax.

Walter was an old boy of Wharton Road School in Bromley and had worked for a time for Mr Cox, fruiterer.

Before World War 1 he had joined the 5th Dragoon Guards, but was invalided out after 2 years’ service.  He rejoined the Royal Field Artillery in October 1914, and after training at Swanage, went out in the spring of 1915.

During the campaign of 1915, he suffered from trench fever, and on a later occasion had to go into hospital, having been gassed. He died on 14th September, 1918.

His death as reported in the Bromley & District Times on 8th November 1918, page 5.

He was noted as being a parishioner of St John’s, Bromley who gave his life in World War 1 (Bromley & District Times, 24th January 1918, page 5) and commemorated by the church in the July (25th July 1918, page 13).

His name appears on the Bromley War Memorial.

Researched using www.militaryancestors.co.uk

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