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Horace WALKER

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Surname: WALKER

Forename(s): Horace

Place of Birth: Skipton, Yorkshire

Service No: 2038

Rank: Private

Regiment / Corps / Service: Australian Infantry

Battalion / Unit: 3rd Battalion

Division: 1st Australian Division

Age: 25

Date of Death: 1915-08-12

Awards: ---

CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: Sp. Mem. B. 16.

CWGC Cemetery: LONE PINE CEMETERY, ANZAC

CWGC Memorial: ---

Non-CWGC Burial: ---

Local War Memorial: SKIPTON – ERMYSTED’S GRAMMAR SCHOOL, YORKSHIRE

Local War Memorial: SKIPTON, YORKSHIRE

Additional Information:

Horace Walker was the son of William Henry and Ann Walker, née Pemberton. William was born at Derby and Ann at Codnor, Derbyshire.

1891 Skipton, Yorkshire Census: 9, Gargrave Road - Horace Walker, aged 9 months, born Skipton, son of William H. and Ann Walker.

1901 Skipton, Yorkshire Census: Fern Bank, West Bank Road - Horace Walker, aged 10 years, born Skipton, son of William H. and Ann Walker.

Horace died between the 7th - 12th August 1915.

The image of the cap badge also shows the colour patch of the battalion.

A short biography of Horace is included in: ‘A Grammar School at War - The Story of Ermysted’s Grammar School during the Great War’ by Steven Howarth (2007).

Australian service records: www.naa.gov.au › The collection › Popular research topics › Defence › Service records

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Entry in West Yorkshire Pioneer Illustrated War Record:

WALKER, Sgt. Horace, aged 25, of an Australian Regiment, son of the late Mr. W.H. Walker, headmaster of Water Street Wesleyan School, Skipton, killed in action in Gallipoli 1915.

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Private Horace WALKER

Private Horace WALKER

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Australian Infantry

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Australian Infantry

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 1st Australian Division

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 1st Australian Division

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Surname: WALKER

Forename(s): Horace

Country of Service: Australian

Service Number: 2038

Rank: Private

Regiment: Australian Infantry, A.I.F.

Unit: 3rd Bn.

Age: 25

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Died Date: Died Between 07/08/1915 and 12/08/1915

Additional Information: Son of William Henry and Ann Walker, of 104, Bentinck St., Bathurst, New South Wales. Of Skipton, Yorks, England. (CWGC Headstone Personal Inscription: THE LORD IS MY STRENGTH MY LIFE AND MY SALVATION)

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03 September 1915

SERGEANT HORACE WALKER KILLED IN THE DARDANELLES

There are many people in this district who have very kindly recollections of the late Mr. W H. Walker, for many years headmaster of the Water Street Schools, Skipton, and of Mrs. Walker and their only son Horace. They will be sorry to hear that the latter has been killed in the Dardanelles, a cablegram giving the news having been received yesterday morning by Mr. James Hartley, architect, Skipton, from Mrs. Walker, who is in Bathurst. Mrs. Walker accompanied her son, who was threatened with consumption, to Australia about seven years ago. For some time prior to their removal Horace had been a clerk in the Skipton Branch of the London City and Midland Bank. They settled at Bathurst, near Sydney, and Horace went on a Government agricultural settlement to study the scientific side of land cultivation. He took keenly to the work and eventually got a Government staff appointment. Having completely recovered his health, he joined the Australian contingent shortly after the outbreak of war, and in three months was with them in the Dardanelles operations. His death must be a sad blow to a widowed mother, who has had many privations to bear for the sake of her only son, and she has the heartfelt sympathy of her many friends in Skipton and district.

10 September 1915

SERGEANT HORACE WALKER

The above is a photographic reproduction of Sergeant Horace Walker, son of the late Mr. W. H. Walker, for many years headmaster of the Water Street Council School, Skipton. Sergt. Walker, as reported in our columns last week, gave up his staff appointment in an agricultural college near Sydney (obtained through a Government scholarship) shortly after the outbreak of war, enlisted with the Australian contingent, and proceeded to the Dardanelles, where he was killed. The sad news came to Skipton last week in a cablegram from his mother, who lives in Bathurst, near Sydney.

31 December 1915

WATER STREET WESLEYAN CHAPEL

At the Water Street Wesleyan Chapel [Skipton] on Sunday morning last the Rev. W.B. Smith made sympathetic reference to the death of Mrs. M. Wilson, commenting on the good work she had done in connection with the Church and the public life of the town and district.– At the evening service the rev. gentleman alluded to the death of Lance-Corporal J.W. Willan, of the 1/6 Duke of Wellington’s West Riding Regiment. He mentioned that Water Street Chapel had taken its share in the nation’s sacrifice. They had previously lost two members, namely Horace Walker and Fred Thornton, and they met that night with very mingled feelings owing to the death of Lance- Corpl. Willan. The deceased soldier heard the call and answered it. He offered everything to his country and that offering had been accepted. Apart from his patriotism there was another side to his character, and more than one Skipton lad had gone out of his way to bear testimony to the influence for good exercised by the deceased. He felt that he was acting in accordance with the wishes of the congregation in expressing deep sympathy with the relations in their sorrow.

18 February 1916

THE LATE SERGEANT HORACE WALKER

A recent issue of the ‘Bathurst Times’ Australia, contains interesting details concerning the career of Sergt. Horace Walker, son of the late Mr. W. H. Walker, a former Headmaster of the Water Street Wesleyan School, Skipton, whose death while serving his country with the Australian contingent in Gallipoli we recorded some time ago.

Prior to leaving England on account of the state of his health, Sergt. Walker was in the employ the London City and Midland Bank. Upon arrival in Australia in 1911, Mrs. Walker and the deceased soldier went immediately to Bathurst. He entered as student at the Experiment Farm, subsequently winning the farm certificate and the ‘Daily Telegraph’ Farrer prize of £10-10s.

After two years’ study, Mr. Walker was recommended as experimentalist, which position he held at Glen Innes Farm until he enlisted, winning the good opinion of those in authority, including the Under-Secretary and Director of the Department of Agriculture who, in a letter to Mrs. Walker, referred to her son as “one of the most promising young officers on the field staff of the department.” This tribute will be appreciated by many locally who knew Sergt. Walker before he left England.

06 April 1917

A SKIPTON ‘AUSTRALIAN’

The current issue of ‘The Chronicles of Ermysted’ (the magazine of the Skipton Grammar School) contains the following reference to the death during the operations in the Dardanelles of Sergt. Horace Walker, the son of the late Mr. W.H. Walker, a former headmaster of the Water Street Schools, Skipton:– “Horace Walker, the son of a former headmaster of Water Street Schools, left Skipton for Bathurst, Australia, about seven years ago, owing to considerations of health. Eventually he obtained a staff appointment in a Government Agricultural College near Sydney. He enlisted shortly after the declaration of war, and we now learn that he was killed on September 3rd 1915 in the Dardanelles operation. Our sincerest sympathy goes out to his widowed mother in the loss of her only son, and we mourn the passing of another true son of Ermysted. He was truly an ideal of uprightness as a youth, and in answering the call proved himself a man.”

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03 September 1915

SERGEANT HORACE WALKER KILLED IN THE DARDANELLES

News was received yesterday by Mr. James Hartley, architect, of Skipton, that Sergeant Horace Walker, son of the late Mr. W.H. Walker, headmaster of the Water Street Wesleyan School, has been killed in action in Gallipoli. The message came by cablegram from Sergeant Walker’s mother at Bathurst, New South Wales.

Sergt. Walker emigrated, along with his mother, some seven years ago for reasons of health. He was then engaged at the Skipton branch of the London City and Midland Bank. He engaged in farming, and the healthful occupation restored him to full health and strength. He entered an agricultural college and when the war broke out he held an excellent post under the Government. After three months’ training he was sent to the Dardanelles, where he met his death. He was about 25 years old.

10 September 1915

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Sergeant H. Walker, of the Australian Contingent, son of the late W. H. Walker of Skipton, who, as reported last week, was killed in the Dardanelles.

24 December 1915

CRAVEN’S ROLL OF HONOUR – SKIPTON

Sergeant Horace Walker, of an Australian Regiment, and son of the late Mr. W.H. Walker, headmaster of the Water Street Wesleyan School, Skipton, killed in action in Gallipoli. He emigrated to Australia, along with his mother, some seven years ago. About 25 years old.

14 December 1917

FOUNDER’S DAY AT SKIPTON GRAMMAR SCHOOL

A Fifteenth Century Foundation – War Memorial Proposed

COMMEMORATION SERVICE

Wednesday’s proceedings were opened with a service in commemoration not only of the founders and benefactors of the school but also of the gallant men who formerly passed through the school and who had given their lives for their country in the present war. The service was conducted by the headmaster (Rev. F.G. Forder) in the big school and there was a good attendance of old boys and others interested in the school. The names of the fallen heroes are as follows:– 2nd Lieut. T.B. Bellamy, Captain C.D. Bennett, 2nd Lieut. T.D. Broughton, Captain C.W. Brown, Gunner Philip Brown, Corporal H.S. Caw, Sergt. J. Cockerill, 2nd Lieut. H. Colley (master), Major M.E. Cookson, 2nd Lieut. E.G. Goodman, 2nd Lieut. F.H. Gill, Private W. Hartley, Rifleman W.M. Jowett, Lieut. H. Knowles, 2nd Lieut. C.H. Lee (master), 2nd Lieut. J.C. McIntyre, Captain J.B. McKay, Lance-Corporal A.J. Metcalfe, J.H. [E.] Metcalfe, Private E. Platt, Private C.T.W. Rigby, 2nd Lieut. W.A. Rodwell, Sergt. A.F. Ryder, Lieut. E.J.C. Supple (master), Private F. Thornton, Rifleman H. Tindall, Sergt. H. Walker, Gunner Herbert Watson, 2nd Lieut. Alec Wilson, Private Cameron Wilson, 2nd Lieut. Ian Wilson.

Among the old boys who have gained distinctions are the following:– Military Cross, Second-Lieutenant J.G. Berry, Second-Lieutenant J.B. Hartley, Captain J.T. Hurst, Lieut. P. Jowett, Lieut. J. Petty, and Capt. T.B. Pollard (master); Distinguished Conduct Medal, Corpl. W.A. Murgatroyd; Mentioned in Despatches, Lieut. J. Pethybridge, Capt. Allan Wilson, and many others.

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