Walter Hayward Orpet was born in early 1881 in Southampton, Hampshire, England. He was the son of Enos Orpet (1840-1904) and Matilda Hayward (1840-1923). His parents were from Chilworth and Lymington respectively, both in Hampshire and had married in late 1862 in Southampton.
Walter appears on the 1881 census living at 29 Church Street, South Stoneham, Southampton with his parents and siblings: Robert (b. 1867), William (b. 1869), George (b. 1871), Kate (b. 1873), Charles (b. 1876) and Frederick (b. 1879). His father Enos is described as a labourer. At the time of the 1891 census the family have moved to 21 Station Road, South Stoneham and have a new addition, Jessie (b. 1883). His family are resident in Beavis Street, South Stoneham at the time of the 1901 census but Walter is not present, apparently already at sea. By the time of the 1911 census Walter and his widowed mother, along with his brothers Frederick and William, are living at 1 Vaudrey Street, Shirley, Southampton. Walter is described as a ship's steward and is unmarried.
When Walter signed on to the Titanic he gave his address as 1 Vaudrey Street, Shirley, Southampton and his previous ship as the Oceanic. As a steward he could expect to receive monthly wages of £3 15s.
Walter was lost in the Titanic disaster and his body, if recovered, was never identified.
Walter's mother continued to live in Shirley and died there on May 1, 1923.
References and Sources
Agreement and Account of Crew (PRO London, BT100/259)
Gavin Bell, UK