Walter Jewitt Cash

lincolnshire regimental badgePrivate, 15279, 1st Battalion, Lincolnshire Regiment, killed in action, 3rd July 1916, aged 24

Born at Eastoft in 1892, Walter was the only son of William and Jane Elizabeth Cash (nee Jewitt). His father was from Eastoft and his mother from Skelton in Yorkshire. The family lived in the High Street where his father was a small farmer. His mother died in 1904.

In 1911 Walter was an apprentice to George Baxter, a draper in Baxter Gate, Doncaster.

According to his army number Walter enlisted in the Lincolnshire Regiment at Gainsborough in February 1915. He was posted to France on 22nd June 1915.

On the 1st July 1916, the first day of Battle of the Somme, Walter was serving with the 1st Lincolnshire Regiment in 62nd Brigade, 21st Division in the vicinity of Fricourt. The 1st Lincoln’s were not in action on the first day of the Somme but provided support to the other units of their Brigade who were. At 6.00pm that evening they moved to the front line to consolidate the gains made, specifically a trench known as Crucifix Trench and a sunken road in support.

The following days saw Crucifix Trench come under fierce German artillery fire, particularly from heavy howitzers. 14 men were killed in the shelling, including Walter Cash. Most likely buried in a battlefield grave the site of which is now lost, Walter is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing.

A memorial service was held for Walter at St Bartholemew’s Church on 20th July. He is also remembered with an inscription on his father’s headstone in the Churchyard.