Richard Sutton Walberg was born at Bootle on the 23rd February 1888 and was baptised on the 28th May at St.Peterís C.of E. Church, Liverpool.
 
He was the son of Anton Johnston Walberg and Agnes Jane (nee Dodd) who were married in May 1884 at St.Maryís C.of E. Church, Wavertree. His father was born in Sweden and was a dock gateman with the Mersey Docks and Harbour Board. His mother was born at Liverpool.
 
1901 Census - 6 Holly Street, Bootle - Parents Anton and Agnes with children Ida, Richard, Elizabeth, Agnes, Maria, George and Margaret Walberg. 
 
1911 Census - 6 Holly Street, Bootle - Parents Anton J and Agnes J (Married 26 years with 9 children born and 8 still alive) and children Richard S, Agnes, George, Maria, Margaret and Albert E. Walberg.  
 
Richard was a clerk with the London & N W Railways in 1911.
 
He enlisted in the army at Liverpool. His service records have not survived but his medal card records that he was posted to the front with the Liverpool Pals on the 7th November 1915.
 
A letter that Richard wrote to his old headmaster was published in the Bootle Times on the 11th February 1916.
 
FOOTBALL UNDER FIRE.
A BOOTLE "OLD BOY" ON LIFE IN THE TRENCHES.
   Writing from "somewhere in France" to his former Headmaster, Pte. R.S. Walberg, and old boy of Hawthorne-road Council School, Bootle, says:-
   I received your very welcome parcel on  my return from the trenches. I have had two visits to the trenches since, and am about to make a third. The line we were holding last time was about 60 yards from the Germans, but I never saw any of them, although we heard their guns. Trench life is not so bad, the only drawback is lack of sleep and a wash. On our return we get a hot bath, and it is a treat. We are sleeping in a barn on wire beds, which have to stand the wear-and-tear of all troops that pass through on their way to the trenches. The rats are very lively about here, and one actually ate one of my puttees. Well, it chewed so much that the remaining portion is no use to me.
   The band plays in the square about three times a day, and to-night we are to have a concert. To add to the music, a shell whistles over now and then, but no one seems to heed. Yesterday I saw a football match, and four shells burst about 20 yards away, but the game went on just the same. The aeroplanes are always very busy, and it is quite exciting watching the shells bursting all round them.
   I am keeping fairly well, and looking forward to leave, which seems to be the one thing to look for. I hope you are well. Would you thank the children for the cards, which are very nice, and remind me of my old school days. I have not dropped across any of our boys as yet. Please give my thanks to all subscribers, and accept the same yourself. I hope to give you more news next time.

Bootle Times 11th February 1916

 
Richard married Mary Elizabeth Murray at St.Faith's C.of E. Church, Waterloo in the summer of 1917, perhaps whilst home on leave. They had no children.
 
He was killed in action on the 7th November 1917 after exactly two years active service.
 
His father died in 1927 and his mother in 1935
 
His widow never remarried and died at 26 Kingswood Avenue, Waterloo in 1962.