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12111   Private William John Walker
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 29/12/2021
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 270th Siege Battery, Canadian Infantry (Canadian Army)
Date Of Birth: 23/06/1886
Died: 25/08/1917 (Died of Wounds)
Age: 31
William John Walker was the son of Joseph and Mary Walker. He was born on 23rd June 1886 in Fivemiletown. After his father died, he emigrated to Canada. By the time of his enlistment on 22nd October 1914, William John Walker was living in Kenora, Ontario, employed as a locomotive engineer with the Canadian Pacific Railway. Private William John Walker died 25 Aug 1917 at the St Johns Ambulance Brigade Hospital in Etaples, France as a result of gunshot wounds to his shoulder and spine.
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Cemetery Details
Cemetery: Etaples Military Cemetery
  Etaples, Pas De Calais, 4
Grave Ref: Grave XXII-Q-4A
CWGC Casualty 497903
Étaples is a town about 27 kilometres south of Boulogne. The Military Cemetery is to the north of the town, on the west side of the road to Boulogne. During the First World War, the area around Étaples was the scene of immense concentrations of Commonwealth reinforcement camps and hospitals. It was remote from attack, except from aircraft, and accessible by railway from both the northern or the southern battlefields. In 1917, 100,000 troops were camped among the sand dunes and the hospitals, which included eleven general, one stationary, four Red Cross hospitals and a convalescent depot, could deal with 22,000 wounded or sick. In September 1919, ten months after the Armistice, three hospitals and the Q.M.A.A.C. convalescent depot remained.
Local Memorial Details

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1 Fivemiletown War Memorial WW1 - Panel 2 Fivemiletown
2 Fivemiletown Methodist Church Roll Of Honour Fivemiletown
Local Institute / Local Book Details

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1 Fivemiletown War Dead Book 52
References and Links
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1 1901 Census lists Walker family Lists William as age 14 living with the family at house 10 in Corcreevy, Fivemiletown, Tyrone
2 1911 Census lists Walker family Does not list William as living with his mother at house 10 in Corcreevy, Fivemiletown, Tyrone
3 Canadian Great War Project Detailed information on William John Walker
4 Canadian Virtual War Memorial Details of Private William John Walker
5 Photo of Private William Walker's gravestone
6 Kenora Cenotaph, Kenora, Ontario Details and images regarding Private William John Walker
7 War Graves Photographic Project Photo of Private William Walker's headstone can be purchased here
8 William John Walker Attestation Papers Canadian Military documents (36 no.)
Dungannon District's War Dead Acknowledgements 2015-2023