Walter Anniss

Walter Anniss

1207, 6th Bn., The Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment) who died on 26 July 1915 Age 40

Long Service and Good Conduct Medal. Son of Robert and Elizabeth Anniss, of Isleworth, Middx.; husband of Emily Annie

Anniss, of 120, Hambalt Rd., Clapham, London. Served in the South African Campaign. Delhi Durbar Medal.

Remembered with Honour

Bailleul Communal Cemetery Extension, Nord

During his initial 21 years with the colours Anniss saw active service with his battalion during the Anglo-Boer War. He was entitled to the Queen's South Africa Medal with the clasps "Paardeberg", "Driefontein", "Relief of Kimberley" and"Transvaal" and the King's South Africa Medal with the clasps "1901" and "1902".

After South Africa Anniss deployed to India with his battalion and finished out his enlistment of 21 years, being discharged at the Lahore Cantonment on 29 January, 1914. His discharge papers stated the he was entitled the Long Service & Good  Conduct Medal as well as the 1911 Delhi Durbar Medal. He was also in possession of a 1st Class Education Certificate, a 1st Class Certificate of Gymnastics, a Certificate of Musketry and a Sobriety Certificate.

During his 21 years Anniss had only one entry on the regimental defaulters book and that was for neglect of duty while on guard while stationed on Malta - 11 November, 1896 for which he was "severely reprimanded".

According to his service papers Anniss married Emily Annie Bolton on 5 August 1911 with the ceremony taking -place in Isleworth, Middlesex. This was while Anniss was still stationed in India so he must have received approval for leave to return to England to get married. In any event his first child - a son named Robert - was born in Ambala, India on 23 May, 1912. Hewould also have one daughter Annie Evelyn who was born in England on 7 May, 1914.

Less that a year would pass between Walter Anniss' retirement and the out break of Would War One. He volunteered and joined the 6th (service) Battalion of the Queen's Royal West Surrey Regiment at his former rank with the regimental number 
G/1207. He deployed to France with the Expeditionary Force on 1 June, 1915. His battalion took over a relatively quiet sector of the line beginning at Ploegsteert Wood and eventually extending some 7000 yards south to Armentieres. Even here the battalion was to suffer over 500 casualties in July. Walter Anniss was one of those being wounded on 25 July, 1915. He died thefollowing day.

At the time of his death Anniss held the rank of Company Sergeant-Major. His medal index card states that he was entitled to the 1914-15 Star, the British War Medal and the Victory Medal.

Company Sergeant-Major Walter Anniss was buried at the Bailleul Communal Cemetery and Extension in Bailleul, France.

This photograph was taken in 1904 and inscribed on the reverse by Walter Annis - "To Sister & Brother, Pat & Will. From Wal, Sitapur, 30. 12. 04."