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  • Commonwealth war grave headstone marking his grave at Fifteen Ravine British Cemetery, Villers-Plouich .  Courtesy of Murray Biddle
Person Details
26 Jan 1882
Basford, Nottingham
Frederick was the son of Frank Walker and Clara Blanche Walker (nee Thompson). They had at least nine children: Francis, Frederick William, James Harry, Lily, Bernard, Clara, Herbert, May and Wallace. All the children apart from James, who was recorded on the census as having been born in Bramcote, were born in Basford. In 1891 Frank, a coal miner/hewer, and Clara were living at 5 David Lane, Basford, with their six children; Francis (10), Frederick (9), James (8), Lily (5), Bernard (2) and Clara (7m.) By 1901 they were at 7 West Gate, Basford, and there were nine children in the household; Francis, Frederick, James, Lily, Bernard, Clara, Herbert (9), May (7) and Wallace (2). They also had a lodger, Charles Hillyear (56). At the time of Frederick's death his parents were living at 40 West Gate. Frederick married Caroline Augusta Button in 1905 and in 1911 they were living at 64 Bloomsgrove Street, Radford, with the only child of the marriage, Ida Blanche (4, b. 26 October 1906). Frederick was a hosiery trimmer and his wife a hair net threader. According to the notice in the local paper at the time of Frederick's death he and his wife had more than one child, and at leasat one more child, Frederick Joseph, may have been born to them on 31 March 1914 (d. 1982). Ida married in 1929 (Robinson) and died in 1992.
In 1901 he was a coal miner/hewer but by 1911 was a hosiery trimmer.
19 Feb 1918
36
239888 - CWGC Website
R/5997
Able Seaman
Anson Bn Royal Naval Division
He was in the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve although he was initially in the Army Reserve (attested 10 December 1915) and entered 14 August 1917 and on draft with the BEF on 17 December the same year. He joined Anson Brigade on 5 January 1918. He was killed in action and is buried in Fifteen Ravine British Cemetery, Villers-Plouch (grave ref. II.C.4). He qualified for the British War Medal and Victory Medal. The entry for 19 February in the Battalion's war diary reads: "Quiet day. Slight Minenwerfer (sic) activity causing 7 casualties."
A notice in the Nottingham Post on 4 March 1918 probably refers to Frederick although the rank is incorrect: 'Walker. Killed in action February 19th 1918, Private Frederick William. Brother Frank [Francis] and Lizzy.' Nottingham Post notice (abridged), 5 March 1918: 'Walker. Killed in action February 19th, AB Frederick William Walker, husband of Caroline Walker, 29 Boden Street, Radford, age 36. Wife and children. Son of Mr and Mrs Walker, 40 West Gate, Basford. Mother, father sisters, brothers.'
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  • Commonwealth war grave headstone marking his grave at Fifteen Ravine British Cemetery, Villers-Plouich .  Courtesy of Murray Biddle
    Frederick W Walker - Commonwealth war grave headstone marking his grave at Fifteen Ravine British Cemetery, Villers-Plouich . Courtesy of Murray Biddle