Image from 1916 Chronicle & Mercury newspaper
Photographs courtesy of David Walker
Born: 1894, Ipswich.
Baptised: 10th June 1894, St. Nicholas’s Church, Ipswich.
Died: 15th July 1916; age: 22; KiA.
Residence: 39, Phoenix Road, Ipswich.
Employed: Messrs. Ransomes, Sims & Jefferies, Orwell Works, Ipswich.
Enlistment Location: Ipswich.
Date of Entry Therein: 8th November 1914.
Rank: Company Sergeant Major.
Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 4th Battalion, ‘A’ Coy.
Medals Awarded: Victory, British War & 1914 Star + two Clasps & Military Medal + Distinguished Conduct Medal – 21st June 1916 – For conspicuous & consistent gallantry and determination on many nights in organising the service of cars, and also for frequently collecting wounded under heavy fire. He has always set a fine example of cool bravery.
Pas de Calais,
Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Henry James & Rose Elizabeth Walker, of 210, Cavendish Street, Ipswich.
1901 51, Croft Street, Ipswich.
Walter was 7 years old and living with his parents & brothers.
Henry James Walker, 40, a Boiler Maker – Railway, born Charlton, Kent.
Rose Elizabeth Walker (nee Cole), 36, born Ipswich.
Henry P. Walker, 12, born Ipswich.
William James Walker, 10, born Ipswich.
Bertie Cyril Walker, 5, born Ipswich.
Percy John Walker, 1, born Ipswich.
1911 Rose Villa, 210, Cavendish Street, Ipswich.
Walter was 17 years old, an Engineers Apprentice – Foundry. He was living with his parents & brothers.
Henry, 50, a Boiler Maker – Iron Foundry.
William, 21, a Boiler Maker’s Labourer – Iron Foundry.
Bertie, 15, an Engineers Apprentice – Iron Foundry.
Soldiers’ Effects to Henry J. Walker – father.
Walter is also remembered on the war memorial at St. Clement’s Congregational Church, Ipswich, and on the Ransomes, Sims & Jefferies, Orwell Works, war memorial. Now sited at The Museum of East Anglian Life, Stowmarket, Suffolk.
The 1914-18 Star, Victory Medal and Memorial Plaque with note from George V, along with Suffolk Regiment Badge. All handed to Percy Walker, Walter’s brother and next of kin.
Suffolk Regiment, 4th Battalion, ‘A’ Coy.