The Curse Of Nineveh
Highly Educated Detective Sergant with Scotland Yard
An East End orphan from Stepney Walter’s best friend at school was Cyril Ripley. In 1914, having worked as a labourer in and around the local area until then, he joined the City of London regiment of the Royal Fusileers with Cyril and the two joined the British Expeditionary Force seeing action initially at the Battle of Mons. Walter managed to survive in France without serious injury until 1918 where only months before the fighting stopped he was hit by shrapnel from an artillery bombardment which saw him shipped home to England. If Cyril had not been able to drag him from the battlefield back into a trench he would have died in no man’s land. While he survived the wounds he has been left with a twisted spine that reduces the movement he has in his left arm. While far less severe than many injuries returning soldiers suffered it is obvious to onlookers that he carries a wound and cannot stand straight.
After the war while still convalesing an officer who he served with visited him and persuaded him that he should study and make something of himself, recognising the obvious quick wit and intelligence of the young soldier. Acting as his patron he helped him financially and he left university with a degree in History. The same patron nominated Walter for membership to The Wentworth Club which he felt may help him make contacts and gain work with collectors. While Walter made contacts he realised quickly that he couldn’t support himself financially relying on history and signed on with Scotland Yard in 1922. While fast tracked into CID Walter believes that the reason why he has not made Detective Inspector yet is a due to predjudice regarding his background and his disfigurement from his injuries.
Walter still lives in Stepney in a rented flat and works out of Scotland Yard. He enjoys the historical discussions he has with members of the Wentworth Club but isn’t a believer in the occult. His friendship with Cyril Ripley is still firm and occasionally he gets information from him about likely directions of investigation in the case of antique thefts.