Date of birth: Q3 1923
Parents: Walter and Georgina B Hope (nee Francis)
Wife: Violet Hope nee Hitchcox
Address: 18 Paradise Street, Warwick
Walter was named for his father and grandfather before him. In 1939, the family were living at 93 Coventry Road, Warwick. Walter’s father is described as a Steel Constructionist and Air Raid Warden. Four of the seven people living at the addess are redacted (blanked out), including Walter. We can see that Walter had a younger brother, Norman (born 7th September 1928).
Walter married Violet Hitchcox in Q2 1942.
Rank & Number: Sergeant, 1584837
Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Brigade/Division: 50 Squadron
Date of death: 30th December 1943
Cause of death/Battle: Killed in action - crashed in the north sea after taking off from FAK Skellingthorpe
Commemorated/Buried: Commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial, Surrey - panel 153
Commemorated locally at: All Saints Church, Emscote
Walter took off from RAF Skellingthorpe in a Lancaster bomber for operations over Berlin. Only one of the seven crew were subsequently rescued
- Unlocking Warwick Research Group
- Cemetery photograph courtesy of Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC)