|Seaman Gunner Henry Stephen Walker, Royal Navy and Private Frederick Thomas Walker 7th Hussars. In this photograph the
photographer has caefully retouched both men's hair to make it stand out a bit more. Both men are identified on the photograph's
reverse side in an ink inscription.
D. J. Eddy - Photographer
41 Norman Road, St. Leonard's on Sea, Sussex, England
|His service papers while brief show no negative entries and show him being entitled to issuances of Good Conduct Pay on two occasions.
The first was on 16 March 1901 and the second on 1 April 1904. While his final conduct status is not shown in his papers it might be
assume that it was of exemplary nature.
He was appointed paid Lance Corporal on 25 August 1902 and promoted Corporal on 16 August 1903. Walker left active duty and was
transferred to the Army Reserve on 16 March 1906. His final discharge from the reserves took place on 15 March 1911 by which time
he had accumulated exactly 12 years of total service time.
Frederick Walker’s only overseas service took place during the Anglo-Boer War and he served in South Africa with the 7th Hussars
from 30 November 1901 until 15 March 1906 when he was transferred to the reserves. His military history sheet initially shows him
being entitled to both the Queen’s and King’s South Africa Medals but the King’s Medal entry was crossed out at later time. The Queen’
s South Africa Medal roll confirms this change and show him as being entitle to the single medal with the following clasps: “ Cape
Colony”, “Orange Free State”, “Transvaal”, “South Africa – 1901” and “South Africa – 1902”. After the war, but while still in South
Africa Walker earned 3rd and 2nd class certificates of education in 1903 and 1904.
In 1911 Henry Walker was serving as an able seaman aboard the Royal Yacht HMY Victoria and Albert and was listed as being married.
Royal Navy medal rolls show a Henry S. Walker - now a Petty Officer and serving on the Victoria and Albert being entitled to the Star
(not specifying either the 1914 or the 1914-15) and the British War and Victory Medals. The award of the so-called "trio" (or as many
were inclined: Pip, Squeak and Wilfred" implies that Henry Walker must have served in a theater of operations, ashore during the war
and not just aboard the Royal Yacht.
In 1911 Frederick Walker was employed in his home town as a postal carrier - an occupation that many former service members took up
after discharge. Curiously, while Frederick is listed as being married his wife in not enumerated on the census form. Nothing definite
regarding Frederick Walker's possible service during World War One has come to light to date.