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12111   Private William John Walker
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 05/03/2017
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 270th Siege Battery, Canadian Infantry (Canadian Army)
Date Of Birth: 30/06/1886
Died: 25/08/1917 (Died of Wounds)
Age: 31
William John Walker was the son of Joseph and Mary Walker. William was born in Fivemiletown, Co. Tyrone on 30th June 1886. William emigrated to Canada. By the time of his enlistment on 22 October 1914, William John Walker was living in Kenora, Ontario, employed as a locomotive engineer with the Canadian Pacific Railway. In May 1915, the 27th Battalion left Quebec aboard the SS Carpathia. By 18 Sep 1915, a cable had been received that the battalion had left England for France. 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. He was 31 years old.
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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 Methodist Church Roll Of Honour Fivemiletown
2 Fivemiletown War Memorial WW1 - Panel 2 Fivemiletown
Local Institute / Local Book Details

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1 Fivemiletown War Dead Book 52
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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 William John Walker Attestation Papers Canadian Military documents (36 no.)
Dungannon District's War Dead Acknowledgements 2015-2021