Remembrance - The Yorkshire Regiment, First World War
Major Wilfred Beckett WALKER
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Major Wilfred Beckett WALKER
2nd Batallion the Yorkshire Regiment.
Killed 29 October 1914. Aged 38.
Commemorated on Panel 33, YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL.
Born at Scarborough, 5th August, 1876, 2nd son of Captain Edwyn Walker, 15th
2nd Lieut., 20th February, 1897 ; Lieut, 15th October, 1898; Capt., 25th June, 1904 ; Major, 3rd December, 1913.
Served in the Boer War, 1900-02. Operations in the Orange River Colony, including actions at the Vet and Zand Rivers. In the advance eastwards, actions at Diamond Hill and Belfast. With the 2nd Battn. Mounted Infantry in operations in the Transvaal, 30th November, 1900, to end of the war (mentioned in despatches. Queen's medal and 4 clasps. King's medal and 2 clasps).
Proceeded to Zeebrugge with 2nd Battn. in October, 1914, and was killed at Ypres, 29th October, 1914. Aged 38.
"He was a most capable and reliable officer, whose loss will be deeply felt in the regiment. Under a quiet and somewhat cynical exterior, there was a true and brave heart. No one did kinder things than he, and certainly no one took more pains to conceal the fact that he had done them. He always had a way out of a difficulty and worked for the good of the regiment " (G.H.G.).
His brother, Oswald Bethell Walker, 15th (The King's) Hussars, was killed on 23 August 1914.
The following brief biography is provided by Bob Coulson in his biographies of Officers of the Yorkshire Regiment;-
Wilfred Walker was born on August 5th 1876 in Scarborough, North Yorkshire.
A career soldier with the Yorkshire Regiment he was first gazetted in February of 1897 and made Lieutenant in October of 1898. He saw action during the Boer War, was promoted to Captain in 1904 and by December of 1913 had risen to the rank of
Major Walker sailed with the 2nd Battalion from Southampton landing at Zeebrugge on October 6th 1914. The battalion then proceeded to Bruges and from there arrived in Ypres at noon on October 14th.
The 1st Battle of Ypres opened on October 19th and Major Walker and the 2nd Battalion were holding the line close to Gheluveldt. Bitter fighting went on for the next few days with Major Walker and his men holding the line as the Germans came
forward in, “wave after wave”.
On October 29th Major Walker with “C” Company went up in support of the Royal Scots Fusiliers, “The advance was terrible as the enemy simply poured shrapnel into us”.
Major Wilfred Beckett Walker was killed in this advance on October 29th 1914 at the age of 38.
The Green Howards Gazettte wrote,
“He was a most capable and reliable officer whose loss will be deeply felt in the regiment. Under a quiet and somewhat cynical exterior there was a true brave heart”.
Major Walker has no known grave and his name is remembered today on the Yorkshire panels on the Menin Gate at Ypres.
Wilfred Walker was the son of Captain Edwyn Walker of the 15th Hussars of Mill Mount house at York.
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