Lance Corporal Walter Pearson, of 2nd Battalion Royal Scots, was the first War casualty of Queensferry and Dalmeny. He was born in Queensferry in 1886.
According to his service records, Walter, a Plumber, was serving as Private in the 3rd Battalion of Royal Scots when he enlisted into the 2nd Battalion in 1903, aged 18. He listed his Aunt in Dalmeny as next of kin.
Walter extended his service in 1905 to complete 9 years, serving in Bombay, India until 1912 when he was transferred to the Army Reserve, then as Lance Corporal, in Belgium and France from 10.8.1914 until he was killed in action in France, on 26th August 1914, age 27, during the retreat of the Battle of Mons, at The Battle of Le Cateaue.
Walter is commemorated on panel 5 of the La Ferte- Sous-Jouarre Memorial in Sienne, France and was awarded the 1914 Star, The British War and Victory Medals.
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