Biography of Private Walter Blankley Harby (Walter Scarborough) 27025)
2nd Battalion Lincolnshire Regiment
Died 2nd December 1917


  • Name: Walter Blankley Harby
    Date of birth: 1897
    Place of Birth: Wandsworth, London, England
    Date of Birth Registration: July – September 1897
    Place of Birth Registration: Wandsworth District

  • Name: Thomas Scarborough (Stepfather)
    Possible real father David Blankley
  • DOB: 1874
  • Place of Birth: Braunewell, Lincolnshire, England
  • Occupation: Shepherd on farm


  • Name: Charlotte Elizabeth Harby
  • DOB: 1866
  • Place Of Birth: Pickworth, Lincolnshire, England
  • Marriage: 1899 Bourne District
Siblings: (Name), (DOB), (POB)

  • Ethel Scarborough, 1894, Farsley – Step Sister
    Walter Blankley Harby, 1897, Wandsworth
    Harold Scarborough, 1901, Dowsby – Half Brother
    Joseph Edward Scarborough, 1903, Aslackby – Half Brother

  • 1901: Walter is living with his stepfather and mother in Dowsby, Lincolnshire
  • 1911: Walter is living with his stepfather and mother in Rippingale, Lincolnshire
Relatives in services

  • None found

  • No marriage for Walter has been found and because of his age we can assume that he never had the opportunity to marry.
Newspaper Mentions

  • Grantham Journal Sunday 15th December 1917
  • WAR NOTES – Mr and Mrs T. Scarborough have received news that their eldest son, Walter is “missing.” Much sympathy is felt for them in the village.

Military Records

Attestation Papers

  • Available
Soldier’s Died In The Great War

  • These records show that Private Walter Blankley Harby, 27025, 2nd Battalion Lincolnshire Regiment was killed in action on 2nd December 1917 in the Western European Theatre in France and Flanders.
Pension Records

  • None found

  • The British Medal
    The Victory Medal

  • UK:
  • Rippingale, outside memorial at St Andrew’s Church


  • Commonwealth War Graves Commission:
  • In Memory of Private Walter Blankley Harby, 27025, 2nd Battalion Lincolnshire Regiment who died on 2 December 1917 Age 21.
    Son of Mrs C. E. Scarborough (formerly Harby) of Rippingale, Bourne, Lincs
    Remembered with Honour Tyne Cot Memorial
    Panel Ref: 35 to 37 and 162 to 162a

© Picture taken by South Lincolnshire War Memorials

© Picture taken by South Lincolnshire War Memorials

Military Service Timeline

  • This is ongoing research and will be posted when completed

  • WW1 Soldier’s Records (
    Commonwealth War Graves Commission
  • British Newspaper Archive.

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