George Walker, Private 50481, 1/6th Battalion, Cheshire Regiment
Killed in action 20th September 1917 in Belgium, aged 31
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George’s death was reported in the Macclesfield Times on 12 October 1917:
PRIVATE G WALKER KILLED – TWO OUT OF THREE BROTHERS FALL
Mrs Walker, 83 Oxford Rd, Macclesfield, has been officially notified of the death in action on Sept 20th of her husband, Pte George Walker, Cheshire Regiment… Pte Walker was 31 years of age and received his education at Crompton Road day school. He was connected with St Peter’s Institute and in civil life was in the employ of Messrs Hill and Dixon, painters and decorators. The late Pte Walker joined the Army about eighteen months ago, and after a course of training at Oswestry, was drafted out to France in January of this year. He was wounded during the Messines fighting on June 7th, and received treatment in hospital at Boulogne and afterwards at Rouen. Private Walker only returned to the front about five or six weeks ago.
The deceased soldier is the second of three brothers to make the supreme sacrifice, his eldest brother, Private Arley Walker, Northumberland Fusiliers, having been killed in action in March. He was educated at Crompton Road day school and was also connected with St Peter’s Institute. He was formerly employed by Mr John Clayton, builder and contractor, Sunderland Street. The remaining brother, Rifleman William Walker, of the Rifle Brigade, was recently recommended for the Military Medal for conspicuous gallantry in tending wounded under fire. The Rifleman enlisted a few months after the outbreak of war. He went out to France and was wounded on July 1st, 1916, coming over to England for hospital treatment. Rifleman Walker was again posted to France last November, being twice wounded, first in January and again on May 3rd. He is now convalescent at a Red Cross hospital at Clitheroe.
Private George Walker has no known grave and is commemorated on Panel Ref. 61 to 63 of the Tyne Cot Memorial in Belgium. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission holds casualty details for Private George Walker, and he is listed on the Imperial War Museum’s Lives of the First World War website.
Brother of Arley Walker, also known as Arley Burgess, who served with the Northumberland Fusiliers and was killed in action in March 1917; and William Walker, who served with the Rifle Brigade and is believed to have survived the war.