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Name: William WALKER
Casualty No.: Ranks: Private Initials: W Service No.: 20/684
Date of Birth : - Place of Birth : Catherine, Ayrshire, Scotland. Age at Death: 37
Unit: 20th Bn Northumberland Fusiliers (1st Bn Tyneside Scottish)
Former Unit(s):
Place Enlisted: Newcastle upon Tyne, Northumberland.
Place of Residence: Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham.
Home Address: 1 Wallace Cottages, Ryton on Tyne, Co Durham.
Previous Address:
Civilian Employment: Stoneman at Emma Colliery.
How Died: Killed in action
Date of Death: Saturday 1st July 1916
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. Emma Colliery Memorial, Crawcrook, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham. Ryton Social Club, Roll of Honour, Cross House, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham.
UK Commemorated: -
Overseas Commemorated: -
Buried: Ovillers Military Cemetery, Somme, France. XI.R.3
Decoration and Medals: Military Medal
Photographs: 3
Service Records: No
Death Notice/Obituary:
Family Details:
Husband of Mary Elizabeth Walker, of 1 Wallace Cottages, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham. Three children.
Notes : William left Emma Colliery to enlist in the colours, 2nd November 1914. He was a member of Ryton Social Club, Cross House, Ryton Village, Co. Durham. William was awarded the Military Medal for bravery in the field. His widow, Mary, received his medal posthumously, in July 1917, from the Lord Mayor of Newcastle at the Mansion House. Other widows also received their husband's posthumous medals at the same ceremony.
Sources Used: Commonwealth War Graves Commission Debt of Honour Register. Soldiers Died in the Great War. Emma Colliery Personnel Records at Durham County Records Office and Tyne and Wear Archives Service.
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