Sidney Leonard Walker

Date of birth: 1897
Place of birth: Millbrook, Southampton
Service No.: 23066
Rank: Private
Regiment: Duke of Edinburgh’s (Wiltshire Regiment)
Battalion: 1st
Died: 12th August 1917 aged 20 years
Death location: Belgium

 

Life before the War
Sidney was the 5th of 6 children born to parents George and Louisa.  George was born in 1857 in Whiteparish, Wiltshire.  Louisa was born in 1858 in Millbrook, Southampton.

Sidney’s siblings – 2 sisters and 3 brothers – were:

Louisa Harriett   b.1881
Emily   b.1885
George Henry James   b.1887
William Thomas   b.1890
Harold Claret   b.1900

In 1891 the family lived at 12 Heysham Road, Millbrook, Southampton.  George, the father, was employed as a Carter.

By the 1901 census the family had moved to 24 Albany Road, Shirley, Southampton.  George was now working as a Carter on a Farm. George junior was employed as an Errand Boy

The family had moved again by 1911 and were living at 75 Malmesbury Road, Shirley, Southampton.  George senior was a General Carman in the Building Trade, George junior was a Fish Porter, William an Electrician’s Apprentice and Sidney was employed as a Grocer’s Assistant.

Brother James’s National Roll of the Great War
“Walker, J., Trooper, Hampshire Dragoons (Carabiners).
He volunteered in March 1915, and later in the same year was drafted to the Western Front, where he took part in many important engagements on the Ypres sector, and was wounded. He was killed in action at Ypres sector on March 29th, 1918, and was entitled to the 1914 – 1915 Star, and the General Service and Victory Medals.
30, Richmond Road, Freemantle, Southampton”

 George married Olive Agnes, who, when advised of his death, was living at The Manor House, Alton, Hampshire.

 

Sidney’s War Service

Brandhoek new Military Cemetery, Belgium

Brandhoek new Military Cemetery, Belgium

National Roll of the Great War
“Walker, S., Private, 1st Wiltshire Regiment.
He volunteered in January 1915, and later in the same year was drafted to France. In this theatre of war he took part in many engagements and was wounded in action. On August 12th, 1917, he was killed in action at Ypres. He was entitled to the 1914 – 1915 Star, and the General Service and Victory Medals.
30, Richmond Road, Freemantle, Southampton”

Sidney is Remembered with Honour at the Brandhoek New Military Cemetery, Belgium.

The Commonwealth War Graves record shows the following: “Sidney, son of George Walker, of 30, Richmond Rd., Freemantle, Southampton”.

 

 

Researcher: Becky Lonergan
Published: 18th June 2015
Updated: Insert dates here

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