Walker B.R.

BERTRAM RALPH WALKER 1894-1916

S4/158569 Private Bertram Ralph Walker, “K” Supply Company, Army Service Corps died 26 April 1916 and is buried at Manchester Southern Cemetery, Lancashire, England.[1]  He was about 22 years old and is commemorated on Cockfield War Memorial.

Family Details

Bertram Ralph Walker was born 1894[2] the son of John and Mary Ann Walker.  There were at least 3 children all born at Cockfield:

  • Mabel Ann bc.1891
  • Bert Ralph 1894
  • John Wilfred bc.1900

In 1901, the family lived at Main Street, Cockfield where 42 year old John worked as a butcher (own account).  Bertram’s 38 year old aunt, Elizabeth Ann (his father’s sister) appears to be living with them at the time of the census.[3]  By 1911, 17 year old Bertram and 20 year old Mabel lived with their uncle, Absalom Liddle and his wife Mena and family at 133 Medlock Street, Hulme, Manchester.  Absalom was born at Lynesack, County Durham and worked as a pork butcher.  Bertram was an apprentice.[4]

Service Details

S4/158569 Private Bertram Ralph Walker, “K” Supply Company, Army Service Corps died 26 April 1916.  He was the brother of Miss M.A. Walker who lived at Alexandra Park, Manchester.[5]

No service details have been traced.  It is likely that Private B.R. Walker served as a butcher in “K” Supply Company.  It is possible that he died at a Military Hospital in England and was buried “at home” in Manchester.[6]

Burial

Private Bertram Ralph Walker, “K” Supply Company, Army Service Corps died 26 April 1916 and is buried at Manchester Southern Cemetery, Lancashire, England.[7]

Commemoration

Bertram R. Walker is commemorated on the Cockfield War memorial.

REFERENCES:

[1] Commonwealth War Graves Commission

[2] England & Wales Birth Index 1837-1915 Teesdale Vol.10a p.240 1894 Q2

[3] 1901 census Note: the name is shortened to Bert or Bart

[4] 1911 census

[5] CWGC & SDGW. Note: SDGW confirms that he was born at Cockfield.

[6] England & Wales Death Index 1916-2007 Farnham, Vol.2a p.184 1916 Q2.  The Frensham Hill Military Hospital was located near to Farnham in Surrey but “Probate” details record that he died at Cambridge Military Hospital, Aldershot, Hampshire Administration and his effects were left to his sister Mabel Ann Walker, spinster.

[7] CWGC

Thanks to Helen Morton for offering clarification and Ed & Lynn Taylor for the photographs of the headstone in Manchester Southern Cemetery.

PHOTOGRAPHS

WALKER BR  Headstone

WALKER BR
Headstone

WALKER BR  Headstone Detail

WALKER BR
Headstone
Detail

One thought on “Walker B.R.

  1. Pingback: COCKFIELD | The Fallen Servicemen of Southwest County Durham

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s