Walter's death was particularly sad as it came on the eve of his marriage at Easter that year. The wedding was due to take place at his prospective wife's home in Darlington.
He was home on leave after contracting malaria and being transferred to Alexandria.
Son of William and Ellen Heslop of 1 Coronation Street.
William was a pensioner of the 2nd D.L.I. . Nearly all of the male members of the Heslop family served on the front during World War One, the Mercury reported this as being an "excellent record for a family". See article below for details.
At one stage, prior to the war, Walter had worked as a chemist's assistant in Doncaster.
He had been a corporal with the D.L.I. based for many years in Barnard Castle. In 1915 he spent his final leave at home before sailing for the front.
Walter was initially sent to Salonika with the Durhams and was later transferred to the Borderers. He disembarked in Malta in July 1916 after suffering from Dysentery but was said to be improving by August. Walter was due to transfer to the Indian Army at the time of his death in April 1918.
Teesdale Mercury 08.11.1916 - Page 5: Column 6
2nd Lieutenant W Heslop, Coronation Street - killed in action - Maybe a case of mistaken identity