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Sergeant William John Walker (2273)

1/1st Gloucestershire Yeomanry (Royal Gloucestershire Hussars), 5th Mounted Brigade, T.F., E.E.F

Capbadge of the Gloucestershire Yeomanry

Malvern Commemoration: The Priory Church of St Mary and St Michael

Burial/Commemoration: Jerusalem Memorial Israel

Nature of Death: Killed in action Katia, Suez Canal Zone, Egypt 23/4/1916

Age: 28

Next of Kin: Son of William Raymond Walker of Council House, Great Malvern; husband of Maria Louisa Walker of Malvern

John Walker, whose parents lived in Malvern Wells, before moving to Great Malvern enlisted into the Gloucestershire Yeomanry [1] at Gloucester at the beginning of the war. He probably served at Gallipoli with the Yeomanry as dismounted troops before being evacuated to Egypt in December 1915. The Gloucester Yeomanry along with their compatriots from Worcestershire became part of the 5th Mounted Brigade that operated independently and was charged with preventing Turkish incursions into the Suez Canal zone. On Easter Day 1916 two squadrons each of the Worcester and Gloucester Yeomanry were charged with guarding Royal Engineers digging wells at Katia and Oghrintina. They were surrounded by Turkish troops, and although some managed to fight their way out, many were killed or taken prisoner. Sergeant Walker was initially reported missing, but a week later he was officially reported killed in action.

His brother of Mr G G Walker of Malvern Wells also served in the Gloucestershire Yeomanry.

Malvern News 20/5/16, 27/5/16


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