Lieutenant Walter Stanworth, MC.
2/4th Battalion, East Lancashire Regiment (employed with Army Signal Service). Awarded the Military Cross in the London Gazette of 16 September 1918. Stanworth was a native of Burnley, Lancashire.
Blackburn Weekly Telegraph, 5th October 1918: -
LIEUTENANT W. STANWORTH, M.C.
The award of Military Cross to Lieutenant Walter Stanworth (East Lancashire Regiment), son of Mr. James Stanworth, J.P. of East Park Road, Blackburn, though announced unofficially some months ago was only gazetted this week. The award is in the following terms; "For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty while in charge of wireless communications. Under heavy shell fire and difficult conditions generally he personally erected forward wireless stations. Wireless was the only communication for 24 hours. He did excellent services."
Blackburn Weekly Telegraph, 9th November 1918: -
At an investiture at Buckingham Palace to-day, Lieut. Walter Stanworth, only son of Mr. and Mrs. J. Stanworth, Fern Bank, East Park road, will be decorated by his Majesty the King with the Military Cross, awarded for conspicuous gallantry in proceeding through a heavy barrage to an advanced post in order to establish wireless communication with the forward line and supporting troops. It was a particularly hazardous undertaking. Several of the company were killed before Lieut. Stanworth, who volunteered for the task, managed to get through. The whole time he carried his life in his hands.
Walter was born at Burnley, Lancashire circa 1895 but moved to Blackburn around 1900. He was the only son of Councillor James Stanworth, former Mayor of Blackburn, Lancashire.
With thanks to Kristian Baxter.
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