Ebenezer attested (Short Service Form B2505) with the Royal Artillery on
17th September 1905
and was posted to Woolwich. He gave his
age as 19 years and 241 days, his trade as wheelwright and his home address as , Glendale . He was given the army service number 106651. Buxted, Sussex
In October 1915, Chailey Parish Magazine notes him for the first time as Driver E Walder, RFA,
. On 9th November he was posted to
1B Reserve Brigade and, according to his records, appointed shoeing-smith on England 18th February 1916. Chailey’s parish magazine however, had
already been reporting that fact since December 1915.
On 13th March 1916 he was posted to 4A Reserve Brigade and six days later posted to Base Depot prior to proceeding overseas. On 25th March, in
he was posted to ‘D’ 163rd Brigade RFA from No 2 GB depot. France
Chailey Parish Magazine reported in May 1916 that Ebenezer was in
same month he was admitted to 107 Field Ambulance (on the 29th) and
then to the 2/2nd Field Ambulance the following day. On 2nd June he was admitted to
Number 4 Stationary Hospital but was discharged to duty six days later. France
On 8th September 1916 he was posted first to ‘C’ 158th Brigade, RFA and then immediately to ‘D’ 159th Brigade RFA. The next entry on his service record is for
29th August 1917 where it is noted that he has
been promoted to corporal shoeing smith.
He was granted leave to
on England 23rd September 1917,
on 4th October. On 1st France January 1918
he was attached to No 13 Veterinary Hospital but rejoined his unit two days
He was admitted to hospital again on
24th May 1918, this time with PUO – Pyrexia of Unknown
Origin and then to hospital 9 ( Lakeside)
General Hospital three days later. On 22nd
June he was admitted to Base Depot and hospital.
He appears to have recovered sufficiently however by 5th July 1918 and reported to D Battery. Three weeks later he was posted to C Battery (27th July) and appears to have remained with them for the rest of the war. He was granted leave to
again (via England )
on 25th November and returned to Calais two weeks later on 9th
December. He was demobbed on 6th France April 1919
and gave his home address as Heath View, Chailey.
He received his British War and Victory medals in November 1920 and October 1921 respectively.
Ebenezer Walder is not directly related to the other Chailey Walder brothers who served during the First World War.