Walter Rogers MM, M in D

walter rogersGunner (Acting Bombardier), 810147 (previously 1438), A Battery, 232nd (3rd North Midland) Brigade, Royal Field Artillery, killed in action, 1st June 1917

Born in Dublin, Ireland in 1889, Walter was the son and one of the six children of Rowland and Elizabeth Rogers. His mother was from Puddletown, Dorset and his father, born in Wakefield, was soldier in the Royal Horse Artillery. When his father left the army in the early 1900’s he became an innkeeper and had taken the licence of the River Don Inn at Eastoft by at least 1904. He was still the innkeeper there in 1911 but later moved to Hexthorpe, Doncaster.

In 1911 Walter was a carpenter & joiner in Eastoft. He may have been a member of the territorial force prior to the war but he was certainly a territorial soldier with the Royal Field Artillery when he sailed for France with 3rd North Midland Brigade, part of 46th (North Midland) Division on 28th February 1915. Lincolnshire territorial batteries were part of this brigade.

The Brigade first saw action in the Ypres area, first at Kemmel, then Zillebeke Lake, south of Ypres. In October they moved to Loos where they suffered casualties supporting their division attack the Hohenzollern Redoubt. From where they moved north of Neuve Chapelle before leaving the front line on 6th December. It was during one of these actions that Walter carried out the action that gained him a Mention in Dispatches on 1st January 1916, but unfortunately the Brigade War Diary does not record exactly what it was. The award was published in the London Gazette, 1st January 1916.

During an Army reorganisation 3rd Midland Brigade RFA was renamed 232nd Brigade RFA in May 1916.

William was awarded the Military Medal for service with his unit in Spring 1917. Unfortunately the citation for what he did is not yet available but the notice was published in the London Gazette of 6th July 1917.

From mid May 1917 232nd Brigade RFA was stationed in the Ypres area. It was here that Walter Rogers lost his life, most likely to an enemy artillery attack. He is buried in Klein-Vierstraat British Cemetery, West-Vlaanderen.

Curiously the Medal Index Card for Walter calls him William?