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Walter Nisbet (1920 - 1944)

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Walter Nisbet
1920 - 1944
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c. 1920
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June 24, 1944
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Walter Nisbet was born c. 1920. He died on June 24, 1944 at 24 years old.
Updated: September 30, 2013
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Service number: 1021793 Rank: Aircraftman 1st Class Regiment: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
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Walter Nisbet passed away on June 24, 1944 at 24 years old. He was buried in Singapore Memorial Column 440., Singapore. He was born c. 1920. There is no information about Walter's family.
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In 1920, in the year that Walter Nisbet was born, speakeasies replaced saloons as the center of social activity. After the 18th Amendment was ratified and selling alcohol became illegal, saloons closed and speakeasies took their place. Speakeasies, also called a blind pig or blind tiger, were "so called because of the practice of speaking quietly about such a place in public, or when inside it, so as not to alert the police or neighbors". There were a lot of them and they were very popular. And where saloons often prohibited women, they were encouraged at speakeasies because of the added profits.

In 1930, Walter was only 10 years old when on August 6th, N.Y. Supreme Court Judge Joseph Crater went through papers in his office, destroyed some of them, withdrew all his money from the bank - $5,150, sold his stock, met friends at a restaurant for dinner and disappeared after getting into a taxi (or walking down the street - his friends' testimony later changed). His disappearance was reported to the police on September 3rd - almost a month later. His wife didn't know what happened, his fellow Justices had no idea, and his mistresses (he had several) said that they didn't know. While his disappearance was front page news, his fate was never discovered and after 40 years the case was closed, still without knowing if Crater was dead or alive.

In 1944, in the year of Walter Nisbet's passing, on June 22nd, the Servicemen's Readjustment Act of 1944, called the G.I. Bill, was signed into law, pushed through by the veteran's organizations. Benefits provided for veterans to return to school (high school, vocational school, or college), obtain low interest home mortgages and low interest business loans, and (if needed) one year of unemployment insurance. Since most returning vets immediately found work, less than 20% of the unemployment benefits were distributed.

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