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September 16, 2015
31st IEE Member to Fall in World War 1 - Second-Lieutenant W Winkworth

Second-Lieutenant Walter Winkworth of the I/5th Battalion The Northumberland Fusiliers (T.F.), died 26 August 1915, the 31st member of the IEE to die in World War 1.

Walter Winkworth was educated privately and at Rutherford College, Newcastle-on-Tyne (1895-1896). In 1897 on completion of his general education Walter was apprenticed with Messrs J H Holmes & Co, manufacturing electrical engineers. Whilst still an apprentice he enrolled as a student at Armstrong College, Newcastle-on-Tyne and also attended evening classes in electrical engineering subjects where he won prizes in electrical engineering in 1900, 1901 and 1905. When the apprenticeship ended Walter was employed by J H Holmes & Co as a Tester in the Motor Testing Department, made Assistant to the Chief Tester in 1905, and became Chief Tester in 1912.

Walter relinquished his appointment in August 1914 on the outbreak of war, in order to serve in the Army. He enrolled in the Leeds University Officers’ Training Corps and went into training at Seaton Delaval, Northumberland. Walter was initially employed on coast defence duties and then his Battalion was sent to France on 9 July 1915. On the evening of 25 August 1915 he was directed to carry out a night’s reconnaissance in the neighbourhood of Houplines and led his Platoon out of the trenches into No Man’s Land. Whilst he was feeling his way forward the enemy put up flare lights and located his command. The Germans then opened a heavy machine-gun fire on his detachment and he was hit in the abdomen and the right arm. He was conveyed at once to the Military Hospital at Bailleul, where he succumbed to his wounds the following day.

Second-Lieutenant Winkworth’s obituary was published in the IEE World War I Honour Roll and these details have been reproduced below.

Jon Cable
Assistant Archivist
The Institution of Engineering and Technology


    Posted By: Jonathan Cable @ 16 September 2015 04:18 PM     World War I  

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