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Name: Robert WALKER
Casualty No.: Ranks: Private Initials: R Service No.: 4041
Date of Birth : - Place of Birth : Age at Death: 0
Unit: 1st/9th Bn Durham Light Infantry (Territorial Force)
Former Unit(s):
Place Enlisted: Chopwell, Co. Durham.
Place of Residence: Crawcrook, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham.
Home Address: 5 Belle Vue Terrace, Crawcrook, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham.
Previous Address: Clara Vale, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham.
Civilian Employment: Miner at Clara Vale Colliery.
How Died: Killed in action
Date of Death:
Place of Death: Somme, France.
Battle/Campaign: Battles of the Somme, France, 1916.
Locally Commemorated: Ryton War Memorial, Station Bank, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham. Clara Vale Colliery Memorial, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham. Ryton Social Club, Roll of Honour, Cross House, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham (the son of a club member).
UK Commemorated: -
Overseas Commemorated: Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France. Pier and Face 14A and 15C.
Buried: No known grave
Decoration and Medals:
Photographs: 1
Service Records: No
Death Notice/Obituary: Newcastle Evening Chronicle, 15th September 1917. Blaydon Courier, page 8, 22nd September 1917.
Family Details:
Son of Samuel and Mary Walker, of 12 North View, Clara Vale, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham. Husband of Mary Ann Walker, of 5 Belle Vue Terrace, Crawcrook, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham. Two sons. Brothers: Samuel, and Joseph. Sister: Mary.
Notes : Robert's brother, Joseph Walker, died of wounds on 2nd November 1915 whilst serving with the Royal Naval Division at Gallipoli, Turkey. His two brothers in law, Thomas and David Orr, were killed in action in April 1915 and June 1917 respectively whilst serving with the Northumberland Fusiliers. Robert's son, William, was killed in action on 31st May 1940 during World War 2 whilst serving with the Royal Northumberland Fusiliers. Robert's widow, Mary Ann, remarried a First World War veteran, James Hardy, a former Royal Marine who lost a leg due to enemy action. On return from the war James went back to work on the screens at Clara Vale Colliery.
Sources Used: Commonwealth War Graves Commission Debt of Honour Register.
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