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Walter Green Veal

Walter Green Veal

Male 1869 - 1954  (Age: 85)    Has 10 ancestors but no descendants in our family tree.


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  • Name Walter Green Veal 
    Born 1869  Brislington, Bristol, EnglandFind all individuals with events at this location  [1
    • Birth registered as Walter Green Keal
    Gender Male 
    Census 2 Apr 1871  Brislington, Bristol, EnglandFind all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Age: 1y 
    Address :  
    St Ann's Farm 
    Died 2 Aug 1954  Mamhilad, Monmouthshire, EnglandFind all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Address :  
    Goverra Farm 
    Siblings 8 siblings 
    Notes 
    • Walter met his wife to be Annie, when helping her to put on ice skates when the fields flooded and froze. He ran away from home after shooting a neighbour's bull with a blunderbuss! His father was going to horsewhip him.

      Walter worked on a number of farms around Gloucester then went to Wales looking for work. He took work as a platelayer on the railway from Pontypool Road station to Little Mill.

      Walter married at the age of 21. At that time, he was aged 21, a bachelor and was working as a tin worker in Sebastapol, Wales. By 1913, he had moved to Griffithstown to work for a year at the steel works and then on to Crumlin to work in the coal mines.
      Although over 40 years of age, when the pits were closed temporarily due to flooding, Walter falsified his age to allow him to join the army. Posted to Mons, France, Walter lost half of his elbow while charging a machine gun post. There were only three survivors from his group, one of whom lost all his limbs. It is believed that this took place at Hill 60. Walter lost the use of his right arm for life and was in and out of hospital for quite a while. As a result of his injury, he always walked with his arm placed behind his back.

      Walter dunked his toast in his tea and regulalry drank at The Star Inn in Mamhiladly. He worked at Llanhilleth pit on the surface watching the drams (carts). When they came of the rails, he'd push them back using his good arm and his back. His back would become raw because of his damaged elbow, so the ostler made him a leather pad with straps to tie it on which helped but he wouldn't give up. He also worked at Hafodyrynys pit, and others.

      Walter spent time at Chepstow hospital for treatment and then moved from Crumlin to Penarth for a year before movong again to Reading in 1935 to live with his daughter, Lily. Annie died a year later in 1936, aged 66. Walter, refused to drink in The Russell Arms, Reading after they refused to serve him 10 Players cigarettes.

      After Annie's death, Walter returned to Wales to live with his daughter Edith, on her farm. He remained there until his death.

      Known as 'Grancha', Walter spoke with a Bristol accent with a Welsh twang. He was buried with his brother George, and George's wife Emily (Price), Annie's sister in Mamhilad.

      Source: Paraphrased from a story by Wendy Fegan, descendant

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    Person ID I6131  Mitchell Families
    Last Modified 28 Apr 2010 

    Father William Veal (ID:I6124)
              b. 1839, Priston, Somerset, England Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 26 Nov 1903, North Stoke, Somerset, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 64) 
    Mother Elizabeth Taylor (ID:I6128)
              b. Cal 1839, Kelston, Somerset, England Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 15 Feb 1930, North Stoke, Somerset, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 91) 
    Married 1862  Keynsham, Gloucestershire, EnglandFind all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 9 children 
    Family ID F1634  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Annie Agnes Price (ID:I13425)
              b. 15 Mar 1869, Bitton, Gloucestershire, England Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 21 May 1934, Reading, Berkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 65) 
    Married 5 Aug 1890  Panteg, Monmouthshire, WalesFind all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Address :  
    The Parish Church 
    Notes 
    • Walter and Annie had Issue [2]
    Last Modified 28 Apr 2010 11:55:49 
    Family ID F3410  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 1869 - Brislington, Bristol, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - Age: 1y - 2 Apr 1871 - Brislington, Bristol, England Link to Google Earth
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    The Parish Church - 5 Aug 1890 - Panteg, Monmouthshire, Wales
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    Goverra Farm - 2 Aug 1954 - Mamhilad, Monmouthshire, England
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  • Sources 
    1. [S3887] Census 1871 Brislington, Bristol, England RG10/2504/P2 (William Veal).

    2. [S5625] Wendy Fegan, Connections: Veals of Somerset.

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