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Private Horace Walker Lincolnshire Regiment

Written by Karen Day
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Introduction

Pte. Horace Walker 6352. 1st Bn. Lincolnshire Regiment

Horace was born in 1883 to parents John Ephriam Walker and Elizabeth Ann nee Gray. According to the 1881 UK Census records his Father was an Ironstone Miner and was born at Thealby and his Mother at Burton Stather (Darby). This Census is prior to Horace's birth and finds the family living at Greens Yard, Frodingham, Scunthorpe. Looking through the Census this was off or near King Street in Scunthorpe off Winterton Road (today it is market car parking and flats area).

His Mother was widowed when Horace and his older sister, Lucy Gertrude, were young and I find both the children living with their maternal Grandparents William and Esther Gray in Darby at Burton upon Stather in the next Census of 1891, their Grandfather was a Shepherd.

By 1901 aged 17 Horace was working as a farm horseman for Farmer William Bramhill living at Nassau House Decoy, Ashby in the Parish of Bottesford.

The 1911 Census finds him, aged 27 in a completely different occupation and location as a Furnace Labourer on Steelworks in Sheffield. He was living with Elizabeth, his mother, who had by then remarried to Thomas Lockey who also had two children William Grey Lockey 28 and Ethel Maude Lockey 19. The family lived at 12 Fell St, Brightside Lane, Attercliffe, Sheffield.

Military Service

Unfortunately I was unable to find Horace's military service records apart from the Medal Roll Index. He disembarked on 21-08-14 and sadly died of wounds on 27-10-14. He must have been transferred back to England to hospital as he is buried in Wandsworth (Earlsfeild Cemetery). Many of the 447 Commonwealth WWI burials there are from the 3rd London General Hospital which was at Wandsworth. He was awarded The 1914 Star, the British War Medal and The Victory Medal with reference to Clasp/2/2693 as described below.

A bar clasp inscribed 5 Aug. to 22 Nov. 1914 was given to all those who qualified for the 1914 Star and who served under fire. Since the same ribbon is used with the 1914-15 Star, holders of the 1914 Star were permitted to wear a small silver rosette on their ribbon when the decoration itself is not worn. On the medal index cards this is usually noted as the Clasp and Roses or C&R. It was necessary to apply for the issue of the clasp and it was noted on the Medal Roll Index that his mother Elizabeth had made the application for the 14 Star in 1920.

Record Details for Horace Walker

First Names:Horace
Initials:H.
Surname:Walker
DOB:Circa
Age:31
Nationality:British
Resided:Scunthorpe
Death Date:
Family Info:Son of Elizabeth Ann Lockey (formerly Walker), of 11, Fell St., Brightside Lane, Sheffield, and the late John Ephraim Walker.
Rank:Private
Service Number:6352
Service:British Army
Regiment:Lincolnshire Regiment
Battalion:1st Battalion
Grave:Wandsworth (Earlsfield) Cemetery - Screen Wall. F.B. 18. 1. Map
Awards:

Map

Use the interactive map to view the location of Horace Walker's Grave. You can view all the graves, memorials and benches by downloading our KML file which can be viewed in Google Earth and other mapping software.

Remembered with Honour.

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