Maybrook, Walter Richard


War Service:

Second Lieutenant WALTER RICHARD MAYBROOK of 1st battalion Wiltshire Regiment was killed on 24 April 1916 near Nouvelle St Vaast. He joined the Artists Rifles and went to France in January 1915. He was commissioned in July 1915 and on 25 September 1915 the war diary shows that he was at Hooge in Belgium as one of the officers of ‘B’ company, 1 Wilts.

He was the battalion bombing officer. The battalion war diary for 24 April: “At 7.28p.m. the enemy sprang a mine on the left of the outpost line …..and considerable bombing ensued for over an hour. In the course of this bombing 2nd Lieut Maybrook the Battn Bombing Officer was killed by a bullet through the neck. His body was not discovered until the next morning as it was out in advance of the outpost line by the craters.“

He was buried at 6pm on 27 April in Ecoivres Military Cemetery, Mont-St Eloi.

Location of Memorial:

He was remembered on the war memorial at Brownhill Road Central School and his name is recorded in the Roll of Honour at St Olave’s.


He was born on 12 March 1894, the only son of Mr. and Mrs. W. R. Maybrook, of 91, Inchmery Rd., Catford.


He was educated at Brownhill Road Central School and St Olave’s Grammar School which he attended from 1908-13 and became school science captain. When war broke out he was at Trinity College, Cambridge.

Times 22 May 1916
Battalion war diary
London Gazette

Contributed By: Andy Pepper

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