Sunday, 19 September 2021

Memorial service to be held for WWI Soldier

A MEMORIAL service will be held in Henley to commemorate the death of a First World War solider

A MEMORIAL service will be held in Henley to commemorate the death of a First World War solider.

It will be held at Trinity Church next Friday (August 7), which will be exactly 100 years to the day since the death of Captain Arthur John Walker.

The service will be conducted by the vicar, Rev Duncan Carter.

Capt Walker was the son of John Cecil Walker. a bank manager of The Mount, Rotherfield Road, Henley, and his wife Mary Ann.

The couple donated the land on which the former Henley War Memorial Hospital was built.

Capt Walker was educated at Wellingborough School, Northamptonshire, and he was a member of the school?s Officer Training Corps.

At the outbreak of war he was commissioned as a 2nd lieutenant in the Yorkshire Regiment. In June 1915 he was selected for service at Gallipoli and arrived there with the 11th Battalion Yorkshire Regiment on July 16, 1915, having already attained the rank of captain. He was attached to the 6th Battalion Manchester Regiment. Capt Walker was killed in action on August 7, 1915, aged 19, having been in Gallipoli for three weeks.

He was buried in Redoubt Cemetery in Helles, Turkey.

A memorial plaque to him was placed in the grounds of the War Memorial Hospital.

The service is part of the Lest We Forget project, run by amateur historian Mike Willoughby, which aims to honour the victims of the conflict.

Over the past four years he has traced about 90 soldiers from the Henley area whose names are not on any of the town?s memorials.

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