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He was the son of Joseph and Rosa (née Mayfield) Walker. He was the brother of Cecilia, Harriett Emma, Minnie, Grace, George Elijah, Gladys Rose Edna and Charles Wilfred Walker. In 1891, the family lived at 2, Sherwood Cottages, St Mary's, in 1891 at 23, Sceptre Terrace, Old Basford and in 1911 at 17, Churchill Street, Old Lenton, (all Nottingham). In 1911, Joseph Walker was serving at Portsmouth with the Royal Marines aboard HMS Superb. He was the husband of Bertha Walker of 41, Lyveden Road, Tooting, London.
He was a coal miner/hewer who became a professional Royal Marine.
05 Apr 1917
3041793 - CWGC Website
Royal Marine Light Infantry
Walker attested at Nottingham in 1903 aged 18. SS City of Paris City of Paris was a British Passenger/Cargo Steamer of 9,239 tons built in 1907 by Barclay Curle & Company, Glasgow for Ellerman Lines Ltd (G.Smith & Sons), Glasgow. She was powered by a steam, quadruple expansion engine, 670nhp giving a speed of 15 knots. On the 4th April 1917, whilst on a voyage from Karachi via Marseille to Liverpool carrying general cargo and 13 passengers, she was struck by a torpedo from German submarine UC-35 (Ernst von Voigt) when 46 miles S by E of the Cap d´Antibes. Those on the vessel got into the boats. The submarine commander shouted for the captain, but he could not be found. The submarine fired a second torpedo and finished her off. 122 people were killed. French warships picked up three lifeboats containing 29 dead Lascar crew members. Another 12 dead were found in another boat and the rest were never seen again. (Courtesy of https://www.wrecksite.eu/wreck.aspx?31614)
CWGC cites Edna as Walker's mother but all other records indicate Rosa. That one of his sisters was named Gladys Rose Edna may suggest that Edna was a middle name for Rose Walker. Research by David Nunn
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