Private 240472, 1st/5th Battalion, Gloucestershire Regiment
Born: 29 January 1893
Died: August 1941
Walford was born in Tasmania in 1893 and was the elder son of William Collett and Blanche Emmeline Chamberlain of High Street, Campden. His father was a printer and stationer and a member of “K” Company, 2nd Volunteer Battalion, Gloucestershire Regiment. His mother died in April 1896 when she was only 29 years old and is buried in St. Catharine’s cemetery.
At the age of 11 Walford was baptised at St. James’s Church with his younger brother, Collett, on 3 February 1904. He attended Campden Grammar School and was also a member of “H” Company, 5th Battalion, Gloucestershire Regiment, the local company of the Territorial Army. During the war Walford served overseas with the Territorial Army but did not enter a theatre of war until after the start of 1916.
After the war he regularly attended St. James’s Church and was a chorister for many years. He never married but his fiancée at the time of his death was Miss Grace Lovelady.
Walford died in August 1941 aged 48 years and was buried in St. James’s churchyard with full military honours. His coffin was covered in a Union Jack and on top were his army cap, bayonet and medals. The bearers were members of the Home Guard.