Joseph Richard McWalter

Military Information

  • Date of enlistment:
  • Place of enlistment:
  • Service no: 1306V
  • Rank: Stoker
  • Service Occupation:
  • Awards:
  • Regiment/Service: H.M.S. Falmouth
  • Unit/Ship: Royal Naval Reserve
  • Place of Death:
  • Age at Death: 47
  • Date of Death: 20.08.1916
  • Burial Country:
  • Cemetery: Portsmouth Naval Memorial
  • Grave/Mem Ref no:

Personal Information

  • Date of Birth:
  • Place of Birth:
  • Address: 8 Dens Road, Dundee
  • Occupation: Iron Dresser, Wallace Foundry, Dundee
  • Mother:

    Agnes McWalter, c/o Hilltown Post Office, Dundee

  • Father:
  • Siblings:
  • Spouse:
  • Children:

    Joseph Richard McWalter, 13 Watson St, Dundee & James McWalter

More about Joseph Richard McWalter

Joseph was aboard H.M.S. Falmouth which was a 5,250 ton Light Cruiser, when she was torpedoed twice by German Submarine U-66 on 19.08.1916 while screening the Grand Fleet. She was towed to Flamborough Head but was torpedoed a second time, again twice by Submarine U-63. All the crew were rescued by escorting Destroyers with no loss of live but one stoker (Joseph) died of injuries the next day. H.M.S. Falmouth  finally sunk 5 miles south of Flamborough Head on 19.08.1916.

Joseph was the father of Pte James McWalter, 11889, 1st Battalion Highland Light Infantry who died as a P.O.W. 11.04.1915.

Joseph McWalter   1306V   Royal Navy


The war has bereft Mrs M’Walter, 8 Dens Road, Dundee, of both her husband, who was a stoker on board H.M.S. Falmouth, and son James, a private in the Highland Light Infantry.

The photo is that of her husband, Joseph M’Walter, who went down with the Falmouth.  He was in the Royal Naval Reserve for sixteen years, and was 47 years of age.

Private James M’Walter, H.L.I., died in a German camp.

Dundee Courier 7th September 1916



Stoker Joseph M’Walter, a Dundee man, who was on board H.M.S. Falmouth when she was torpedoed on 19th August, is reported missing from that date.  Stoker M’Walter was in reserve, and was called up on the outbreak of war. He previously served in the navy for a period of sixteen years.  He is 47 years of age, and was before rejoining employed as an iron dresser in Wallace Foundry.  His daughter-in-law resides at 23 Watson Street, Dundee.  Stoker M’Walter has two sons serving, one being in the army and the other in the navy.

Dundee Courier 16th September 1916

Information supplied by Gary Thomson, additional information and image kindly supplied by Michael Caldwell

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