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James Henry WALKER

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Surname: WALKER

Forename(s): James Henry

Place of Birth: Heysham, Lancashire

Service No: 11047

Rank: Private

Regiment / Corps / Service: Durham Light Infantry

Battalion / Unit: Depot

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Date of Death: 1914-11-27

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Non-CWGC Burial: STEETON-WITH-EASTBURN CEMETERY

Local War Memorial: STEETON-WITH-EASTBURN, YORKSHIRE

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James Henry Walker was the son of James Henry and Esther Elizabeth Walker, formerly Cragg, née Burrow. James senior was born at Worsthorne and Esther at Caton, Lancashire.

1871 Heysham, Lancashire Census: Old Mill Houses - James H. Walker, aged 5 months, born Heysham, son of James H. and Esther E. Walker.

1881 Poulton, Lancashire Census: 20, Yorkshire Street - James H. Walker, aged 10 years, born Heysham, Lancashire, son of James Henry and Betty Walker.

1911 Steeton, Yorkshire Census: 3, Bridge Street - James Henry Walker, aged 48 years [sic], single, born Morecambe, Lancashire. [James was boarding with Phoebe Ann Brown, née Collins.]

The British Army Pension Record for James Henry Walker exists but may be incomplete.

James Henry Walker served as a regular soldier before the Great War. He rejoined the army at the age of 44 years on the 17 September 1914 and was discharged on the 19 October 1914. In his pension record his wife is named as Phoebe Walker, née Collins of 5, Bridge Street, Steeton and that they were married at the Parish Church, Skipton in November 1897. They were probably never married; Phoebe was married to a John Brown in 1896 at Skipton.

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Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Durham Light Infantry

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Durham Light Infantry

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04 December 1914

STEETON-WITH-EASTBURN – A Military Tribute

The internment took place in Steeton Cemetery on Tuesday afternoon of Private James Walker, of 15, High Street, Steeton. The deceased had resided for several years at Steeton and had served 21 years in the army and went through the Boer War of 1899-1902. Recently he had been at Newcastle undergoing training in connection with his old regiment, the Durham Light Infantry. A severe attack of Pneumonia followed by complications caused his death last Friday. A bearer party of six reserve Territorials from Skipton attended the funeral and at the graveside the ‘Last Post’ was sounded by a bugler from the Reserve battalion of the Skipton regiment. Rev. Douglas S. Sharp was the officiating minister.

12 January 1917

STEETON’S GALLANT DEAD

Happily there has during the closing months of the past year been few casualties amongst Steeton’s soldiers to report. Since the commencement of the war the following well-known local soldiers who have been residents in the village have given their lives for the cause of right and humanity.–Arthur Smith, William Dawes, Herbert Dove, Thomas Robson, James Walker (died in training period), Willie Brooksbank, Ewart Myers, Thomas Fitzsimons, Prince Dawson, Fred Ellison, R. Nicholson, W.H. Teale, William Naylor, William Robson, Joseph Hale, Clarence Wilson, Mathias Dove, James Dove, John Nelson, whilst to add to the above are the names of Spencer Cliff missing since the ever-to-be-remembered landing at Suvla Bay in August, 1915, and Wright Cockshott who has been included in the list of those missing since the early autumn of 1916. Several soldiers whose occupations necessitated residence in the village previous to the war have ‘made the sacrifice’ but are not included in the list.

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13 November 1914

STEETONS ROLL OF HONOUR

Up to date there are now 30 Steeton men who are either serving as regulars, Kitchener’s men or Territorials, who have all volunteered for foreign service. This is considered a fairly good percentage for so small a village, but more men are wanted, and no doubt more will respond to the urgent appeal of Lord Kitchener. The roll of honour is as follows:–

Officers: Charles M. Bateman, Sam H. Clough, Hugh Dixon, Will Clough.

Privates: James Anderson, Willie Barber, John Brooksbank, Colin Casson, Wm. Coppack, Prince Dawson, Fred Ellison, Fred Greenwood (wounded but returned to his regiment), Tom Roberts, Wesley Shone, William Wademan, John Wilson, Alfred Metcalfe, John Peake, William Naylor, Herbert Pickles, Arthur Lee (wounded), James O’Hara, Harry J. Mason. Robert Anderson, Willie Brayshaw, Harold Brooksbank, Spencer Cliffe, Wm. Dove, Tom Fitzsimons, Edgar Geldard (wounded), Tom Moyle, George Stott, Cyril Race, Wm. Henry Teale, John W. Wardman, Archie Metcalfe, Arthur Smith (killed in action), James Walker, Fred Haggas, Cuthbert L. Clarke, Frank Jones, Christopher Walton, Thos. Hinkley, Joseph Jackson (wounded), Thomas Robson, Alfred Taylor, Frank Taylor, Harry Sayers, James Jackson, Clifford Cockshott.

04 December 1914

STEETON – MILITARY FUNERAL

Private James Henry Walker, of the Durham Light Infantry, who resided at 5 Bridge Street, died last Saturday morning. Walker served with the Durham Light Infantry for 21 years. He went through the Sudan War and the South African War. He came out of the former without a scratch, but in the latter he received three wounds. At the end of the Boer War he was discharged from his regiment, having served his time. At the outbreak of the present war, he volunteered for the Front and rejoined his regiment at Newcastle Barracks. The regiment had received orders to proceed to Ostend, but before they were despatched Walker contracted a chill. Pneumonia set in, which was the cause of his death. The funeral took place on Tuesday afternoon, in Steeton Cemetery, with military honours. The coffin, which was of pitch pine, with heavy brass mountings, was covered with the Union Jack and was carried shoulder high to the hearse by representatives of the 6th (Reserve) West Riding Battalion, Skipton, namely Corporal F. Slavin, and Privates A. Jacques, A. Banks, J. Wareing, C. Simpson, and Bugler J. Wilson, (Steeton), who sounded the ‘Last Post’ at the graveside. Short services were conducted in the Wesleyan Chapel and at the graveside by Rev. D.S. Sharpe (Keighley). At the service in the chapel Mr. Sharpe referred to the fact that the deceased had served his country in the Army for 21 years. In South Africa he had received honourable wounds, and it was a great grief to him that he had not rather died at the post of duty. The personal friends at the funeral were: Messrs. R. Holmes, A. Sharp, D. Myers, T. Hargreaves, F. Hargreaves, W. Lambert, J. Ratcliffe, W. Brooks, J.W. Laycock, R. Davy, and C. Thornton. Mr. J. Browes had the funeral arrangements in hand.

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