In 1928 stood for election to Stroud UDC in 1928
23 March 1928 Stroud Journal published pen portraitsof 27 candidates.
Mr Walter Harry Harper of 17 Gloucester Street, Stroud is another old member who seeks re-election. With two others, he represents Labour interests but also claims the support of electors of all shades of political opinion. He was closely connected with the successful schemes for the widening of King Street Parade and the opening of Rowcroft Retreat and has been keenly interested in housing matters during his terms of office. He is chairman of the Pleasure Gardens Committee and has done much good work recently in regard to Park Gardens.
Harper was successful in being re-elected and was 10th in the poll of the 18 members elected.
The marriage of a Walter H Harper is recorded in the July – Aug Quarter of 1907 on page 795 of Register 6a. On that page are shown 2 women, Evelyn Grace W Cratchley and Jane Durham, who were married in the same quarter of 1907
A Walter H Harper (aged 21 born in Rodborough occupation iron worker[ in brackets either planning or planing]) is shown in the 1901 census as living in a 4 room house at Butterrow with his widowed mother Ann (aged 59 born in Rodborough working at home as a laundress), with his brother Frederick W Harper (also an iron worker aged 23 also born in Rodborough) and his sister Kate (aged 18 born in Rodborough who worked as a laundress – presumably with her mother).