A summary of the evidence it has been possible to locate for Walter suggests an ordinary life.
Walter was born on January 11th, 1859, in Hoxton, London. His parents were Walter Byford b.1821 in Clare, Suffolk and Margaret who was born in East India in 1832.
Walter was baptised at St Leonards Church, Shoreditch, London on July 8th, 1860.
In 1861, Walter’s parents and family are living in Ashford Street in Shoreditch. They share the house with Zilpa Brown, who is Margaret’s mother (Walter’s grandmother). It appears that she may be from India, suggested by her name. Zilpa is a victualler and Walter’s mother, Margaret, is the manager. At this stage, Walter is just two years old and his older sister, Zilpa is about six years old.
By 1871, the family has moved to 87 Cloudesley Road in Islington. Walter senior is working as a waiter. The family has grown. Zilpa, born Chelmsford, Essex, in 1854; Walter, born Hoxton, London, in 1859; Frank, born Hoxton, London, in 1865; Ellen, born Islington, in 1867; Frederick, born Holloway, in 1869.
In August 1875, daughter Zilpa marries John Pomroy Tredwen, who is a beer retailer. There are researchers on Ancestry who have this line in their research.
1880s and 1890s
In 1885, our Walter marries Julia Chapman in Hackney, London.
In 1891, Walter and his wife Julie are living in 12 Newington Green Road, Islington, and they have a son with them. Walter is a laundryman, aged 32, and Julia is 39 years old. The son is George and was born in 1875, so perhaps our Walter is not his birth father. George is an assistant at Ginger Beer.
In 1891, Walter and Julia have another child called John. They are living in 167 Balls Pond Road, Hackney. Walter’s job is a traveller of some sort.
On January 10th, 1907, Julia Byford dies and is cremated. (The source of this information has since been lost and needs finding again. She was in the St Olave’s Workhouse, Bermondsey.)
On March 22nd, 1910, Walter is admitted to St Olave’s Workhouse. Walter’s address is given as 3 John Campbell Road, Dalston, which is close to Balls Pond Road. He is ‘alleged insane’. His sister is the named family member as a Mrs Byford, so perhaps this is a sister-in-law.
Walter is there until March 30th, 1910, when he is transferred to Long Grove Hospital, Epsom. On December 10th, 1910, Walter dies at Long Grove Hospital Epsom.
It is not clear what happened to their son John. There is a researcher on Ancestry with the Tredwen family in their tree.