News: ‘He was determined to serve his country’ – Family pay tribute to war hero after he loses cancer battle

News: ‘He was determined to serve his country’ – Family pay tribute to war hero after he loses cancer battle

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The family of a Retford war veteran have paid tribute to him after he lost his battle with prostate cancer.

Lieutenant Colonel Peter Walter had spent much of his life serving his country since enlisting with the Sherwood Foresters at the age of 16.

The 91-year-old was forced to lie about his age at the time in order to get admitted into the regiment.

He went on various tours during his career with the military – serving in the likes of Palestine, Malaysia, China and the Middle East.

 

In June 1957, he won his first Military Cross at the age of 29 when he was acting patrol leader in Perak state, Malaysia.

Walter was handed his second Military Cross in 1964, before earning an MBE for his exemplary leadership and action.

An obituary in The Times mentions how one of his comrades heard him ‘fighting in his sleep’ while lying in the Malayan jungle.

Robert Walter, 83, has paid tribute to his brother.

He told Lincolnshire Live : “He was an eccentric and dedicated soldier in the army who was always determined to serve his country.

“Peter never told us about his prostate cancer until six months before his passing – I guess he wanted to keep that to himself.

“He lived a good life, getting to the age of 91 – but his passing was an inevitability after we found out about his condition.”

Peter’s parents, Frederick and Hilda Walter, ran an arable and livestock farm near Retford. All of their four children went on to be educated at King Edward VI Grammar School – now Retford Oaks – in Retford.

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The war veteran was expelled from his grammar school after falling out with his headmaster, before he made the decision to join the military.

The 91-year-old married Elizabeth Hall in 1963 and had two sons before they split in 1980.

Shortly after leaving the army, Peter settled in Alderney in the Channel Islands where he married Annie Chase.

She survives him along with his sons, Hugh and Guy, and stepdaughter Elizabeth.

He lost his battle against prostate cancer on June 28 at the age of 91.



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