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Harry Vivian WALKER

 

Medal card : (1) Driver - Royal Army Medical Corps - no.1544. (2) L/Cpl. - 25th London Regt.
Medal roll : 25th London R.
                    Royal Army Medical Corps 2(b) Gallipoli 10.9.14 to 10.11.15, 4(a) Egypt 11.1.15 to 8.12.15.
 
 

My thanks to Anthony Massey for the photos (grandson).

Harry was born in 1895 in Gorton, Lancashire, the son of John Henry Walker, a timber merchant's clerk [1901 census], and Ellen (nee Flockton).



Service records

There are 4 application forms for Harry, 3 signed the same day the 6th May 1912, which is confusing.

Form 1. - 109th Training Reserve Batt.
Date - 6th May 1912 at Manchester
Name - Harry Vivian Walker
Address - 44 Hardy Rd, Ch. c. Hardy (Chorlton cum Hardy)
No. TR/13/72556

Form 2. - RAMCTF - Royal Army Medical Corps Territorial Forces
Stamped above RAMCTF - 25 (Cyc) Battn. London Regt.
Date - 6th May 1912 at Manchester
Name - Harry Vivian Walker
Address - 44 Hardy Rd, Ch. c. Hardy

Form 3. - A.S.C.  - crossed out & stamped above 109th Training Reserve Batt.
Date - 6th May 1912 at Manchester
Name - Harry Vivian Walker
Address - 44 Hardy Rd, Ch. c. Hardy, later 27 Lane St, Weaste, Manchester.
Marked - Duplicate

Form 4. - 25 (Cyc) Battn. London Regt.
Undated

The following is the combined information of all the documents, most of which were attached to Form 3.

Born - Parish of St. Clements, Ch. c. Hardy, Lancashire
Age - 17y 9m - born 1895.
Employer - Galloway Ltd?, - Machine Fitter
Next of Kin - 1. Father - John Henry Walker, 42 King St, Stretford. (Manchester).
                      Father the crossed out and then added :-
                      2. Wife - Violet Emily Walker, 44 Highfield Rd (crossed out), then :-
                                                                     25 Demense Rd, Alexander Park, (Manchester)
Married - 27 Jun 1914 at All Saints, Chorlton, Manchester to Violet Emily Grant.
Children - Marie Vivian born 13th Nov 1914 at Barton-upon-Irwell, Eileen Violet born 25 Mar 1917 in Manchester.
Service - RAMCTF from 6 May 1912 as a Private
               Transferred to East Lancs Army Service Corp on 12 May 1916.
               Transferred Regular Army Service Corps on 1 Sep 1916.
               Appointed (unpaid) A/L.Cpl on 9 Sep 1916.
               Transfers to 109th Reserve Training Batt & reverts to Driver on 17 Apr 1917 .
               Appointed L/Cpl (paid) on 5 May 1917.
               Seconded to West African Field Force (Nigeria Rgt.) as Sergt. on 11 Oct 1917.
               Transferred to R.B. (T.F.) (Rifle Brigade Territorial Force) - 25 (Cyc) Battn. London Regt on 23 Feb 1918, new no. 742007 -Rank L/Cpl.
               Demobolized 16 Apr 1919.
               On 23 Apr 1923 wrote letter asking to be placed on Reserve, if possible with the R.A.S.C. M.T.
Theatres of Service
               Home from 6 May 1912 to 9 Sep 1914.
               Embarked for Egypt on 10 Sep 1914 (Expeditionary Force)
               Next line (or 2 lines) faded.
               Embarked for last tour of service on 18th Nov 1917
               East Africa disembarked 14 Jan 1918 to 19 Mar 1918.
               West Africa disembarked on 20 Mar 1918 to 9 Mar 1919.
               Embarked for England on 22 Feb 1919.
               Home 10 Mar 1919 to 22 May 1919.
Campaigns :- a. Home 5 Aug 1914 to 9 Sep 1914
                     b. Expeditionary Force Egypt 10 Sep 1914
                     1914-5 Star
Medals - British, Victory, 1914-5 Star.


 

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