|Above: Seaman Gunner Henry Stephen Walker, Royal Navy and Private Frederick Thomas Walker 7th Hussars. In this photograph the
photographer has carefully 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
|Frederick's 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 entitled 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 for the Great War, show a Henry S. Walker - now a petty officer and still 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 for the 1914 Star) 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 is not enumerated on the census form. Nothing definite
regarding Frederick Walker's possible service during World War One has come to light to date.