Tuesday, 4 April 2017

In Brooklands Cemetry with Samuel Edgar Walker of the 67th Pioneer Battalion

Now I know there is much more to discover about Samuel Edgar Walker who is recorded on the family’s gravestone in Brooklands Cemetery.

He was the youngest son of Samuel and Margaret Walker of Sale, and was born in 1889 and was killed in action during the Great War.

What marks him out as a little different from other the young soldiers commemorated in the cemetery is that he served with the 67th Pioneer Battalion of the Canadian Expeditionary Force.

According to his Attestation Papers he enlisted in Vancouver on September 28 1915 giving his occupation as “musician” which may suggest he was on a tour of Canada at the time but could equally mean he was a resident.*

At the moment his full military records have not yet been digitalized but I do know that he was 5 ft 7 in height had a “ruddy” complexion, with blue eyes and dark hair and was judged “fit for the Canadian over Seas Expeditionary Force.”

And that for now is it.

I am indebted to Antony Mills who came across the gravestone and has also photographed those of other Canadian soldiers who in due course I will research.

Location; Brooklands Cemetery

Picture, from the collection of Antony Miller, 2017

*Library and Archives Canada, Personnel Records of the First World War, http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/discover/military-heritage/first-world-war/personnel-records/Pages/item.aspx?IdNumber=293490

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