Edward Walker

kings royal rifle corps badgePrivate, 639168, Labour Corps (previously 12675, 21st (Service) Battalion (Yeoman Rifles), Kings Royal Rifle Corps), died of the effect of wounds received in France, 23rd May 1921, aged 26

Born at Amcotts in 1896 the brother of Alexander and cousin of Ernest, Edward was the youngest son and one of the seven children of Thomas John and Emma Walker (nee Mann) of Cross Street. His mother was from Amcotts and his father from Crowle was a bricklayer.

In 1911 the 15 year old Edward was a farm labourer at Medge Hall where he lodged with Marcus Knipe and his family.

Edward enlisted in 21st Battalion, King’s Royal Rifle Corps in November or early December 1915, probably like his brother, in response to the letter for more recruits placed by their commanding officer, the Earl of Feversham in the Epworth Bells. According to his service number he enlisted after his older brother but possibly on the same day as his cousin.

Like all the Lincolnshire men Edward would have served in D Company of the Yeoman Rifles and would have done the same training as them at the Earl of Feversham’s ancestral home Duncombe Park, Helmsley. He would also most likely have gone out to France with them on 5th May 1916.

At some point Edward was injured in service with the Yeoman Rifles and transferred to non-combat duties with the Labour Corps. It may have been the same injuries that brought about the early death of Edward Walker on 23rd May 1921. He is buried with his parent’s in St Mark’s Churchyard, Amcotts.

Although his death fell before the ‘official’ end of the war on 31st August 1921, Edward is not commemorated by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.