Date of Death: 23/03/1918
Regiment/Service: London Regiment 7th Bn.
Grave Reference: I. K. 29.
Cemetery: SAVY BRITISH CEMETERY
Born in 1890 at Woodford, son of Robert John (Commercial Traveler in General Drapery) and Alice Walker. 1891: With his family at Jasmine Villa, Daisy Road, South Woodford. 1901: With his family at 5, Clifton Terrace Maybank Road. 1911: An Accounts Clerk to a Chartered Accountant, with his family at 5, Georges Cottages, Violet Road South Woodford. His Probate Record gives the address of 88, Pulteney Road South Woodford, which was also the family home. His Father died in 1902.
Robert Walker joined the Army in 1914, and by 1918 he had been Commissioned. The German Operation Michael began on 21-03-18 with the biggest bombardment seen on the Western Front, followed by a massed attack using their new “Storm Trooper” tactics. In the St Quentin area British lines were broken and men found themselves under attack from the sides and rear. There began a chaotic fighting retreat as German forces advanced well into British Territory. There was further intense fighting on 22-03-18 as British Forces tried to regroup in the face of continuing German attacks. By 23-03-18 all available troops were deployed to support the collapsing Fifth Army, but could not hold the German advance which was now spreading widely over the Somme area, and had opened a gap in the British lines of some 40 miles.
Somewhere during the chaotic scenes of 23-03-18 Lt Robert Walker is recorded as having been Killed in Action.
X/R: Private Frank Cole Walker (Brother)
Memorial: Rolls of Honour: St Mary’s Church. Holy Trinity Church.
Separate Folder: NO.
Principal Sources: Ancestry. CWGC Accounts of the Battle of St Quentin.
Qualification: Borough Resident.