Corporal Walter Stevens


6203483 Corporal Walter William "Wally" Stevens of the Medium Machine Gun Platoon, Support Company, 2nd Parachute Battalion, with his wife Violet and their eldest daughter, July 1950. Born in Walthamstow, London, on the 25th June 1920, Stevens enlisted in the Middlesex Regiment, a machine-gun regiment, on the 25th October 1938 and served with their 2nd Battalion. He was an early volunteer for the Parachute Regiment, and completed course No.3 which ran from the 5th to 13th December 1941, then 1 Advanced from the 4th to 11th January 1942. Posted to the 2nd Parachute Battalion, Stevens served in North Africa, Sicily, Italy and at Arnhem, where he was taken prisoner at the Bridge on the 21st September 1944. Sent to Stalag XIIA at Limburg and given the POW number 91187, he developed dysentery which affected him for the more than six weeks. He was transferred to Stalag IVB at Muhlberg on the 1st November 1944, and was later sent to Stalag IVF at Hartmannsdorf. From the 2nd January to the 18th March 1945, he was sent on several work parties to Leipzig to clear away bomb damage; "I escaped from a working party 18/03/45, captured on the 21/03/45 by a farm worker at Leipzig. Sent to prison from 21/03/45 to 23/04/45. I had travelled 80km's, but had to come into the open for food." Stevens was discharged on the 27th February 1946, and married Violet Dorman with whom he had five children. He emigrated to New Zealand in 1973 and died in March 1985, aged 65. Copyright: Paul Stevens.