|During his initial 21 years with the colours Anniss saw active service with his battalion during the Anglo-Boer War. He was entitled to the Queen's South Africa Medal with the clasps
"Paardeberg", "Driefontein", "Relief of Kimberley" and "Transvaal" and the King's South Africa Medal with the clasps "1901" and "1902".
After South Africa Anniss deployed to India with his battalion and finished out his enlistment of 21 years, being discharged at the Lahore Cantonment on 29 January, 1914. His discharge
papers stated that he was entitled the Long Service & Good Conduct Medal as well as the 1911 Delhi Durbar Medal. He was also in possession of a 1st Class Education Certificate, a
1st Class Certificate of Gymnastics, a Certificate of Musketry and a Sobriety Certificate.
During his 21 years with the colours Anniss had only one entry on the regimental defaulter's book and that was for neglect of duty while on guard while stationed on Malta - 11
November, 1896 for which he was "severely reprimanded".
According to his service papers Anniss married Emily Annie Bolton on 5 August 1911 with the ceremony taking -place in Isleworth, Middlesex. This was while Anniss was still stationed
in India so he must have received approval for leave to return to England to get married. In any event his first child - a son named Robert - was born in Ambala, India on 23 May, 1912.
He would also have one daughter Annie Evelyn who was born in England on 7 May, 1914.
Less than a year would pass between Walter Anniss' retirement and the outbreak of World War One. He volunteered and joined the 6th (service) Battalion of the Queen's Royal West
Surrey Regiment at his former rank with the regimental number G/1207. He deployed to France with the Expeditionary Force on 1 June, 1915. His battalion took over a relatively quiet
sector of the line beginning at Ploegsteert Wood and eventually extending some 7000 yards south to Armentieres. Even here the battalion was to suffer over 500 casualties in July.
Walter Anniss was one of those being wounded on 25 July, 1915. He died the following day.
At the time of his death Anniss held the rank of Company Sergeant-Major. His medal index card states that he was entitled to the 1914-15 Star, the British War Medal and the Victory
Company Sergeant-Major Walter Anniss was buried at the Bailleul Communal Cemetery and Extension in Bailleul, France.
This photograph was taken in 1904 and inscribed on the reverse by Walter Annis - "To Sister & Brother, Pat & Will. From Wal, Sitapur, 30. 12. 04."
G. W. Lawrie. - Photographer
Lucknow, Naini Tal, Bareilly and Ranikhet India
30 December, 1904
|Above: A reconstruction of Walter Anniss' medal group as it would have appeared had he survived to wear it. From left
to right: the George V Army Long Service &Good Conduct Medal, the Queen's South Africa Medal with the clasps
"Paardeberg", "Driefontein", "Relief of Kimberley" and "Transvaal" and the King's South Africa Medal with the
clasps "1901" and "1902", the 1914-15 Star, The British War Medal, the British WWI Victory Medal and the 1911
Delhi Durbar Medal.
|Below: The reverse of Walter Anniss' photograph showing the inscription to his brother and sister. Various pencil notations made by others over the years can also be seen. Residue
from a modern price tag/label can be seen in the upper right hand corner. The remains of preforated paper tape on the right and left sides of the card were probably placed there to
hold a protective paper cover over the face of the photograph prior to Anniss posting it home to his family from India in 1904.
|His term expired and he re-enlisted to complete 12 years of service on 8 July 1902 while in the Transvaal.
Colour-Sergeant - 1 February, 1908
Retired - 29 January, 1914