Topic: Cecil Louis Walker (1887-1916)

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Accountant Cecil Louis Walker saw action during both the Gallipoli Campaign and on the Western Front. He was killed in action at the Somme in Northern France on 16 September 1916. Story by Debbie McCauley.

Cecil Louis Walker was born at Mercury Bay in the Coromandel on 1 October 1886 (reg. 1886/11982). His parents were Richard Maxwell and Ellen Louisa Walker (nee Logier) who married at Glendermott Church of Ireland in County Derry, Ireland on 28 September 1874. Richard had been in the Royal Irish Constabulary.

The couple emigrated to New Zealand on board the 'Auckland', arriving on 27 October 1875 and settling in Christchurch. Richard joined the New Zealand Police Force and worked as a Police Constable in both Tauranga and Whitianga. Richard and Ellen had 12 children.

Cecil worked as an accountant for the Auckland Rimu Timber Company in Newmarket, Auckland.

On 15 March 1915 he enlisted to fight in World War I. He served with the Auckland Infantry Regiment, 1st Battalion (Service No. 12/2872).

Cecil would see action during the Gallipoli Campaign of 1915-1916 and on the Western Front.

On 26 August 1916 Cecil was in trouble for 'drunkenness' and had to forfit some of his pay.

Private Cecil Louis Walker was killed in action at Somme in Northern France on 16 September 1916. He was aged 28. Cecil is remembered on the Caterpillar Valley (New Zealand) Memorial in the Caterpillar Valley Cemetery, Longueval, Somme, France.

Cecil Lewis Walker (1887-1916)

 

References:

Archives New Zealand: Military personnel file.

Auckland War Memorial Museum: Cenotaph Record.

Births, Deaths & Marriages Online (New Zealand).

Find A Grave: Cecil Louis Walker.

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Cecil Louis Walker (1887-1916)


Year:1916
Note:Service Number: 12/2872
First Names:Cecil Louis
Last Name:Walker
Date of Birth:1 October 1886
Place of Birth:Mercury Bay
Country of birth:New Zealand
Date of death:16 September 1916
Place of death:Somme, Northern France, France
Place of burial:Caterpillar Valley (New Zealand) Memorial, Caterpillar Valley Cemetery, Longueval, Somme, France
Occupation:accountant
Fathers name:Richard Maxwell Walker
Fathers date of birth: 1850
Fathers place of birth:Amargh, County Down, Ireland
Fathers date of death:1 August 1936
Fathers place of death:Auckland, New Zealand
Mothers name:Ellen Louisa Logier
Mothers date of birth:29 May 1851
Mothers place of birth:Londonderry, Ireland
Mothers date of death:22 November 1927
Mothers place of death:Thames, New Zealand
Military Service:World War I (1914-1918)