Walker, John Arthur

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John Arthur Walker

Captain, 10th Royal Welsh Fusiliers
Killed in action, 19 February 1916, aged 24
Buried at Reninghelst New Military Cemetery, Belgium

CWGC registered (Son of John and Margaret Walker, of “Osborne House”, Llandudno. Member of Trinity Hall, Cambridge)


John Arthur Walker was born in Llandudno in 1891. He was the son of John and Margaret Walker of “Osborne House”, Llandudno. John Walker (senior), a member of the Walker brewing family of Warrington, was a wine and spirit merchant.

John Arthur Walker was educated at Shrewsbury, Trinity Hall Cambridge, and King’s College London. On the outbreak of war, John Arthur Walker joined the Officers’ Training Corps. He was gazetted as a temporary second lieutenant in November 1914 and as a captain in the 10th (Service) Battalion Royal Welsh Fusiliers the following July.

The 10th RWF had been formed at Wrexham in November 1914. By 3 June 1915 the Battalion was at Aldershot and it disembarked at Zeebrugge on 27 September 1915. Captain John Walker was second-in-command of A Company.

On 16 February 1916, the 10th RWF marched to the trenches and relieved the 7th East Yorks near Poperinghe in Belgium. Twenty officers and men were killed on the following day, six on the 18th and one on the 19th, the one on the 19th being John Arthur Walker aged 24. He was buried at Reninghelst New Military Cemetery, Belgium.

John Walker (senior) had died in 1913 and had left a considerable sum to his son. After his death, John Arthur Walker’s estate was £76021 net. He willed £20000 to Miss Violet Perkins of Bath – the residue going to his mother.

Known memorials:

  • King’s College Chapel
  • Trinity Hall Cambridge Roll of Honour
  • Llandudno Roll of Honour
  • Llandudno War Memorial
  • Memorial Chapel, Holy Trinity Church, Llandudno
  • Window in St. George’s Church, Llandudno (former parish church)

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