Walter Harold Kent

Census Address: 7 Alexandra Terrace
Place of Birth: Lincoln
Date of Birth: 16 May 1895
Enlistment Address: --
Regiment: --
Service Numbers: --
Place of Death: Leicestershire
Date Died: June 1981
7 Alexandra Road, Stamford

The Kent family of six boys and one girl came to Stamford between 1901 and 1911 to live at 7 Alexandra Terrace. Father, as an experienced engine fitter probably worked in one of the busy engineering works in Stamford. The three elder boys were all old enough to serve in WW I but records only exist for two of them, Leonard Alderman and John William. The record for Walter Harold may have been lost, or he may have been classified as unfit to serve. Nevertheless all three boys survived the war. This family was one of the ‘lucky’ ones whose boys served throughout the war and came safely home to marry and live long lives.

Walter Harold was born on 16 May 1895 in Lincoln. He lived with his parents, Walter, an engine fitter, and Rose at 2 Kesteven Cottages in Lincoln, his father’s birthplace. Three more boys, Leonard, John and Fred were born there, then in the early 1900s the family moved to Grantham. Two boys, George and Frank, were born in Grantham before another move brought them all to Stamford. In 1911 they were living at 7 Alexandra Terrace where Mabel and Harry were born.

Father still worked as an engine fitter but Walter had left school and was unemployed.

No war service record has been found for Walter. After the war the Kent family continued to live in Alexandra Terrace but Walter moved away, marrying Ethel McKinley in the summer of 1922 in Lincoln, Ethel’s home town. They may have lived in Lincoln but Walter’s death was registered in Leicestershire in June 1981.