Younger brother of Bernard, Fred was born at Crowle in 1900 one of five children and the youngest of the three sons of Frederick (Fred) and Alice Walker (nee Lynch). Both of his parents were also from Crowle and the family lived in Eastoft Road. Fred Snr was a bricklayer who by 1911 had become steward of the Crowle Liberal Club. When he enlisted Fred was a bricklayer’s labourer working for the Grand Central Railway.
Fred attested for the army at Crowle on 30th January 1917, aged 17 years, 260 days. He was mobilised on 7th September 1917 shortly after his 18th birthday and posted to the Sherwood Foresters. He arrived in France on 1st April 1918