Walter Warren Jollimore

No. 13057 Walter W. Jollimore

Photograph contained in an album at the Dorchester Historical Society of about 150 photos kept by Nathaniel R. Perkins, MD, who examined thousands of men who were going into the war, 1914-1918. Given by Mrs N. R. Perkins in accordance with instructions from her late husband, Dr. Nathaniel P. Perkins of 1122 Adams St, Dorchester. Index catalog has entries for the individuals.

Walter W. Jollimore Corporal 9 Brent Street 13th Co 4th Battalion 151 Depot Brigade

Walter Warren Jollimore was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts to parents William Jollimore and Matilda (Kirby). William and Matilda were both born in Canada and immigrated to the United States around 1883. William worked as a butcher. Walter had nine siblings, but only five of them would live past childhood.

By 1900, the Jollimore family had moved to Boston and were living on Welles Avenue in Dorchester. Walter, now age 7, was living with his parents and his older siblings: Edith (22), Greenwood (18), William (16), Howard (12), and Mabel (10). William was now listed as a garden laborer.

Walter registered for the draft on June 4, 1917 at the age of 25. His address is now listed as Washington Street in Dorchester. Interestingly, his occupation is listed as an actor for Mr. C.W. Levering in New York, although the city directories list him as a chauffeur. He is described as a short, slender man with blue eyes and brown hair. He was inducted at Boston on June 24, 1918. According to his service card, he served in the 151st Depot Brigade until he was discharged on December 11, 1918 from Fort Devens in Massachusetts; he never served overseas.

After the war, it appears as though Walter moved back home to Dorchester; his family now lives on Brent Street. He is listed as a private chauffeur in the 1920 United States Census, the same occupation he held before the war. The city directories show that sometime in the 1920’s, Walter married. His wife’s name was Jeannie and they most likely got married in 1923. It’s unclear what the Jollimores were up to in 1930 – possibly living in Springfield, MA as one city directory suggests, however, we were not able to confirm. By 1940, the Jollimores are living in Stoughton and Walter is working as an auto mechanic. The census shows that his wife, Jeannie, was born in Scotland. She was also working, as a salesgirl.

Walter died on August 18, 1983 and his obituary lists him as a resident of Stoughton; he was 91 years old.

Sources: 1900 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2004. 1910 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2006. 1920 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2010. 1940 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2012. Massachusetts Birth Records, 1840-1915 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2013. U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2011. U.S., World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2005.


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April 5, 2022

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