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Name: Geoffrey Herbert WALKER
Casualty No.: Ranks: Lieutenant Initials: G H Service No.:
Date of Birth : - Place of Birth : Age at Death: 29
Unit: HMS Bluebell, Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve.
Former Unit(s):
Place Enlisted:
Place of Residence: Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham.
Home Address: The Grove, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham.
Previous Address:
Civilian Employment:
How Died: Lost at sea.
Date of Death: Saturday 17th February 1945
Place of Death:
Locally Commemorated: Ryton War Memorial, Station Bank, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham. Bible Communicant Member, Holy Cross Church, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham.
UK Commemorated: -
Overseas Commemorated: -
Buried: No known grave.
Decoration and Medals: Distinguished Service Cross. 1939-45 Star. Atlantic Star. War Medal.
Photographs: 0
Service Records: No
Death Notice/Obituary:
Family Details:
Son of Norman Duguid Walker, and Ada Walker, of The Grove, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham. Brothers: John, Robert, Francis, and Richard.
Notes : Geoffrey's four brothers also served in the forces. Lieutenant Commander John R.D. Walker. Lieutenant Robert Fulton Walker. Lieutenant Francis M. Walker and Sub Lieutenant Richard J. Walker. Geoffrey enlisted in the RNVR Tyne Division, 8th October 1937 at HMS Satellite, the RNVR Drill Ship stationed at South Shields, Co Durham. He commanded the Auxiliary Anti Submarine Trawler HMS Gaul, 5th January 1940 to 3rd May 1940. He served as First Lieutenant on board HMS Bluebell (a corvette), 26th June 1940 to January 1941. He became Bluebell's Commanding Officer between December 1943 and April 1944. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for his action when HMS Gaul was sunk in the early fighting off Norway. HMS Bluebell was torpedoed and sunk by U 711 off the Kola Inlet (Russia).
Sources Used: Commonwealth War Graves Commission Debt of Honour Register. Newcastle Sunday Sun, 11th March 1945.
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