Walter was born about 1877 in Masbrough, Rotherham, Yorkshire.
In the 1881 census he is aged 4 with his mother Jane E. & 4 siblings at 61 Midland Rd, Kimberworth, Rotherham.
In the 1891 census he is aged 14 with his mother & 2 siblings at 45 Midland Rd, Rotherham.
2nd June 1893 from the Sheffield Evening Telegraph
5th May 1902 from the Yorkshire Telegraph and Star
Prison Register record (left hand page)
Prison Register record (right hand page)
Wadsley Lunatic Asylum admittance register
Storthes Hall Asylum, administrative building
St Thomas Church, Thurstonland
The churchyard contains around 2,000 graves of patients who died at Kirkburton in Storthes Hall psychiatric hospital (1904–1991). Most of these graves are unmarked, in a separate field behind the church which was added by Rev. Arnold Escombe Jerram before he left in 1910. By 1913 there was fear in the village that the pauper burials were causing epidemics, because the sexton was saving money by leaving graves open to rain and weather, and not filling them with earth until they each contained their full complement of four coffins. The authorities claimed that Storthes Hall's use of the graveyard benefited Thurstonland by the payment of rates and that only fifty paupers per year, who were unclaimed by relatives, were buried there. Rev. P.S. Brown, at that time vicar of Thurstonland and chaplain to Storthes Hall, claimed that the burials were no danger to health, even though the sexton had to ladle out water from open graves before subsequent funerals.