Robert Walter Stevens
Contributed by: Emma Bielby, on 2008-11-10
|First Name||Robert Walter|
|Year of Birth||1885|
|Year of Death||1919|
|Regiment||Royal Norfolk Regiment|
|Place of Wartime Residence||Thetford, Norfolk|
Robert Walter's Story
Unfortunately no memories of my great-grandfather survive. His sons were tiny when he died of influenza in 1919. What we do know is his brothers all died in service of their country before him. Herbert, a career soldier, died in 1914. Ernest, the youngest brother, died in 1915 and Arthur, the only brother not in the Norfolk Regiment (he joined Suffolk's regiment instead) died in 1916.
I cannot imagine what my great-great grandparents felt when they lost their last son. I don't know if any of the other brothers had children or what happened to their families after they died.
I can only be thankful I will never have to live through such terrible times.