Topic: Henry Luke Walker (1912-1975)

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Henry Luke Walker was a Lance Corporal and Driver with the 2nd Division New Zealand Army Service Corps during World War II (1939-1945). He was my third cousin once removed's 2nd husband - Debbie McCauley.

Henry Luke Walker (1912-1975)Henry Luke Walker was born in Durban, Natal, South Africa, on 23 December 1912. His parents were Herbert Bertram and Katherine Alice McGregor Walker (nee Luke) who married in Durbank on 9 August 1911.

In 1913 he emigrated to New Zealand with his parents and maternal grandmother, Flora McGregor. Flora was born in Rothesay, Scotland, on 31 October 1958. She married William Luke who was born in Totnes, England in 1851. William died in Durban, South Africa, on 2 April 1891. Flora died in New Zealand in 1943 (reg. 1968/27696).

Henry worked as a Traffic Inspector before enlisting in World War II (Service Number 12614). He was a Lance Corporal with the 2nd Division New Zealand Army Service Corps (2nd NZEF), working as a Driver.

After the war, Henry worked as a Traffic Officer.

In 1948 he married Margaret Alma Budd (nee Edmonds) (Folio No. 1948/12040). Margaret had two children to her ex-husband George Budd, whom she had married in 1939 (Folio No. 1939/6758).

Henry died in Napier Public Hospital on 11 September 1975 (reg. 1975/41224). He was buried in Wharerangi Cemetery.

Henry Luke Walker (1912-1975)

In 1978 Margaret remarried to Leslie Thomas (Folio No. 1978/22091).

Margaret Alma Thomas died in Napier on 30 April 1981 (reg. 1981/38208). She was buried in Wharerangi Cemetery.


Sources:

Births, Deaths & Marriages Online (New Zealand).

David McGregor Luke (Canada).

Cenotaph Record (Auckland War Memorial Museum).

Henry Luke Walker (Probate via Archives New Zealand).

Military personnel file (Archives New Zealand) - on order April 2015

Napier Cemetery Records Online.

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Henry Luke Walker (1912-1975)


Year:1939
Note:Service Number: 12614
First Names:Henry Luke
Last Name:Walker
Date of Birth:23 December 1912
Place of Birth:Durban
Country of birth:South Africa
Date of death:11 September 1975
Place of death:Napier Public Hospital
Occupation:Traffic Officer
Date of Arrival:1913
Spouses name:Margaret Alma Edmonds
Spouses date of birth:9 December 1918
Spouses place of birth:Dargaville, New Zealand
Spouses date of death:30 April 1981
Spouses place of death:Napier
Spouses place of burial:Napier
Date of marriage:1948
Fathers name:Herbert Bertram Walker
Fathers date of birth:21 June 1871
Fathers place of birth:London, England
Fathers date of death:20 May 1934
Fathers place of death:Napier, New Zealand
Mothers name:Katherine Alice McGregor Luke
Mothers date of birth:9 August 1891
Mothers place of birth:Durban, South Africa
Mothers date of death:1968
Mothers place of death:New Zealand
Military Service:World War II (1939-1945)

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