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Offline Pete Th

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2nd Lt J. E. Walker, 1st KORL (ex-2nd Manchesters)
« on: July 05, 2013, 09:49:23 AM »
Does anyone have any information on Second Lieutenant J. E. Walker, 1st Battalion, King�s Own (Royal Lancaster) Regiment, formerly Private 2273 of the 2nd Battalion, Manchester Regiment?

His CWGC details are as follows:

WALKER, JAMES EDWARD

Rank: Second Lieutenant

Date of Death: 03/05/1917

Age: 23

Regiment/Service: 1st Bn, King's Own (Royal Lancaster Regiment)

ARRAS MEMORIAL

Additional Information: Son of Edward and Elizabeth Ann Walker, of 56, My St, Eccles New Rd., Salford, Manchester.

Death Date: 3 May 1917

Any information would be greatly appreciated.

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Pete
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Remembering

Pte Sidney Lee (36719), 2nd Battalion, Worcestershire Regt - dow 18.02.17
Sgt Charles Roberts (13668), 11th Bn, Manchester Regiment - kia 18.05.18
Bombardier John Hesford (70065), 147th Heavy Battery, RGA dow - 04.09.18
Pte Sidney Lee (4131324), 8th Bn, Cheshire Regiment -  kia 12.03.41

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Re: 2nd Lt J. E. Walker, 1st KORL (ex-2nd Manchesters)
« Reply #1 on: July 05, 2013, 12:15:00 PM »
He was a railway clerk in 1911

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Re: 2nd Lt J. E. Walker, 1st KORL (ex-2nd Manchesters)
« Reply #2 on: July 05, 2013, 01:02:49 PM »
Thanks Wendy  :)
Remembering

Pte Sidney Lee (36719), 2nd Battalion, Worcestershire Regt - dow 18.02.17
Sgt Charles Roberts (13668), 11th Bn, Manchester Regiment - kia 18.05.18
Bombardier John Hesford (70065), 147th Heavy Battery, RGA dow - 04.09.18
Pte Sidney Lee (4131324), 8th Bn, Cheshire Regiment -  kia 12.03.41

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Re: 2nd Lt J. E. Walker, 1st KORL (ex-2nd Manchesters)
« Reply #3 on: July 05, 2013, 02:57:07 PM »
Further info from battalion history:

On attack with 3rd Battalion attacking Roeux chemical works, was reported wounded and missing and later reported killed.
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Re: 2nd Lt J. E. Walker, 1st KORL (ex-2nd Manchesters)
« Reply #4 on: April 29, 2017, 01:38:28 PM »
Wendyg:
This chap has a family grave tablet at Weaste Cemetery (Salford)
I am writing a short obit, about him for our newletter (back issues at http://www.spanglefish.com/fourcemeteriesandawar)
Do you have a photo of him?
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Re: 2nd Lt J. E. Walker, 1st KORL (ex-2nd Manchesters)
« Reply #5 on: April 30, 2017, 12:54:29 PM »
Hi Gerald

A photo of an E J Walker, Manchester Regiment appears in the
Eccles Journal 1916. This could be James Edward Walker.

A copy is attached (not very good)


Timberman
 

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Re: 2nd Lt J. E. Walker, 1st KORL (ex-2nd Manchesters)
« Reply #6 on: April 30, 2017, 12:57:35 PM »
Information taken from Harpers web site when his medals came up for sale.

2nd Lieut. JE Walker, 1st Battalion Royal Lancaster Regiment
(formerly 2nd Battalion Manchester Regiment)
(KIA Bullecourt 3/5/1917)

1914 Star (2273 Pte J E Walker 2/Manch R), British War and Victory Medals (2 Lieut)
James Edward Walker, whilst a messenger for Mr Clarke, general dealer, Salford, enlisted in the Manchester Regiment in March 1912 and served at The Curragh in 1913. An employment sheet also refers to Walker serving with the fire brigade and being a good boxer (2/12/1913). He first served as Private (unpaid Lance Corporal) with the 2nd Manchester Regiment in France from 15th August 1914 and survived the devastating losses the 2nd Battalion had at Le Cateau on 25th August 1914 (14 Officers and 339 other rank casualties). He was appointed Acting Corporal on 30th November 1914 and on 13th December 1914 he received a gun shot wound to the arm which invalided him home. On 14th September 1915 he joined 11th Battalion Manchester Regiment  in Gallipoli, was promoted Serjeant on 24th November 1915 and served with the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force to 8th July 1916. Private Walker and the 11th Battalion Manchester Regiment then proceeded to France and Walker was appointed Acting Company Quarter Master Serjeant on 24th March 1916, reverting to Serjeant on 8th April 1916. In early 1917, Walker proceeded to the GHQ Cadet School and on 22nd April 1917 was appointed to a permanent commission as 2nd Lieutenant  in the 1st Battalion Royal Lancaster Regiment. Aged 23, 2nd Lieutenant Walker was Killed in Action on 3rd May 1917 at Bullecourt. He is commemorated on the Arras Memorial.
According to his record in The National Roll of the Great War, James Walker served at Mons, the Battle of the Marne, La Bassee, Ypres, Loos, Albert, Vermelles, the Somme, and Arras. This just proves the theory that this source is somewhat unreliable.
James Edward Walker was born in 1893 in Salford, Manchester, the son of Edward (brewer's labourer) and Elizabeth Ann Walker, of 56 My Street, Eccles New Road, Salford, Manchester. The 1911 census notes that James Walker was a railway clerk, aged 17 and living with his parents at 51 Middlewood Street, Salford. His probate record notes that he left £216 to his mother.
The Salford War Memorial website notes James Edward Walker's two brothers also died in the war: Serjeant Albert Walker, 16th Manchester Regiment who was awarded the Military Medal for Gheluvelt and Died of Wounds on 8th April 1918, and Private Harold Walker, 1st/7th Lancashire Fusiliers, attached 8th Battalion Royal Lancaster Regiment who died between 16th and 18th August 1916, aged 18. This site also notes that James Edward Walker is commemorated on the Salford Corporation War Memorial.

Timberman