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Name:
George Richard Walker
Casualty No.:
Initials:
G R
Service No.:
17726
Date of Birth:
Place of Birth:
Age at Death:
20
Ranks:
Private
Unit:
10th D.L.I
Teesdale Township:
Place Enlisted:
Home Address:
13 Thorngate, Barnard Castle
Civilian Employment:
Draper's Assistance
Cause of Death:
Killed in Action
Date of Death:
Place of Death:
Ypres
Battles & Campaigns:
Locally Commemorated:
UK Commemorated:
St Mary's Church, Staindrop Plaque
Overseas Commemorated:
Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres
Buried:
Decoration and Medals:
Service :
Army
Service Records:
Death Notice/Obituary:

In August 1915 his death was announced in the Parish Messenger. “He was the third son of Mr William Walker (all four of whose sons are serving in the army at the present time).

At the outbreak of the war he enlisted in the 10th Durham Light Infantry & went with his battalion on Foreign Service a few weeks ago. His Company Commander writes that ‘his loss is deeply mourned by the officers, NCOs & men of his Company – he was a good & faithful soldier & servant to his King and Country.’ While the officer, to whom he acted as orderly writes expressing the grief of his loss.”

Family Details:

George was the son of William & Margaret Jane Walker of Races Buildings, Staindrop. In 1901 he lived with his parents in Mill Wynd, Staindrop.

Notes:

By 1911 he was 15 working as a draper’s assistant & living at 13 Thorngate, Barnard Castle. His landlady was Emma Baker. There is also a George Walker recorded as working in Raby Raff Yard in 1911 but there is no proof that they are the same man. He joined the 10th Durham Light Infantry in September 1914 & served in France. George was killed in action near Ypres on 28th June, 1915 aged 20 & is remembered on the Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres.

 

Sources:
Local Memorials: www.newmp.org.uk; Teesdale Townships: Teesdale Poor Law Union 1914;