LEONARD EDMUND WALKER 

Rank: Bombardier
Service Number: W/1593.
Regiment: 119th Bde. Royal Field Artillery Died of wounds Thursday 17th October 1918 Age 26County Memorial St. Mark's Church, Saltney
Commemorated\Buried MOORSEELE MILITARY CEMETERY
Grave\Panel Ref: D.7.
Belgium

 

Leonard Errol Walker, was born in 1892, his birth was registered at Hawarden (HAW/39/7) and on the 1911 census, he is living at 17, Phoenix St., Sandycroft, Saltney, Hawarden

as the son of William Walker, an Iron Moulder and widower age 65 who had been born in Coalbrookdale, Staffordshire.  William's wife Mary had died, I believe, in 1888 and this death is registered in Hawarden (HAW/21/90).   The rest of the household consisted of son William, 22, Single and an Iron Moulder, daughter Agnes, 20 and single, son Ernest, 19 single a Shoe and boot maker, all born Hawarden, Flintshire. 

There is a death of a William Walker, registered at Chester West (CAT/75/70), age 63 in 1903 and as Leonard is living with his uncle on the 1911 census I think that his father had died.  He is shown living at The Beeches Cott., Saltney, Chester. (4 Rooms) with William Evans, 46 and a widower, who very convenient for us, told us that he had been married for 14 years and 4 children had been born but 1 sadly had died, this information had been crossed out by the Enumerator, but is worth gold dust when it appears on widows or widowers entries.  William Evans was a farm labourer and had been born in Hawarden, Flints.   He had a housekeeper, a Miss Emily Mellor, 40 and born in Manchester, Lancashire.  His children were Elizabeth Evans, 12 at school, daughter Maggie, 8 born Sandycroft, Flints., and son William 1 who had been born in Beeches Cott. Saltney.  Leonard Walker, nephew, was 19, single and a L. & N.W. Railway Platelayer, born Sandycroft, Flintshire. 

As the additional information on the Commonwealth War Graves Commission database tells us Leonard was married to Mary Emily, they had married in 1913 in St. Mark's Church, Lache cum Saltney and her maiden name was Caddy, (CE35/1/269). 

I cannot find any of his Army Service records, they may be among the "Burnt Papers" that were destroyed in the bombings of the 2nd World War.   However, his Flintshire WW1 Index Card, (Saltney Ferry F 34), tell us that his address was 22, North Street, Saltney Ferry, which was the address shown for Mary Emily on the CWGC citation.    This was the family home for her and her family for at least 20 years before, I believe that when they married Leonard and Mary Emily went to live with his in-laws, then of course he enlisted a few years later.   His Flintshire WW1 Index card also tells us that his period of service was 3 years and 8 months before he was killed in Action on the 17th October 1918, Card signed by E.L.Roberts*, but not dated.
* This man, I believe, distributed and collected the cards as he signed many cards. 

UK, Soldiers Died in the Great War, 1914-1919 about Leonard Errol Walker confirms his regimental information and tells us his residence was Mold Junction, Flintshire and he enlisted at Chester.   This tell us he died of Wounds. 25 days before the the end of the War.

British Army WWI Medal Rolls Index Cards, 1914-1920 about L E Walker tells us he was awarded the Victory & British Medals and the 15 Star and that his Theatre of War was France and his qualifying date was 23rd December 1915.  It also just states "Dead."

The Saltney Ferry War Memorial commemorates those men of the area who died during World War I and World War II.

He is remembered on the Plaque that was formerly sited in St. Mathew's Church in Saltney Ferry (which was as destroyed by fire in 2008), are now in St Mark's Church in High Street, Saltney.   However on that his 2nd name is said to be Edmund and not Errol.   Could be the artisan who painted the names on was given the wrong name, also has “Ches” after his name.   This has happened on other memorials. 

Saltney Ferry is a village to the west of the town of Saltney in Deeside, Flintshire. Between 1974 and 1996 it was in the county of Clwyd. 

On the Bangor Civic Society Website :- http://www.bangorcivicsociety.org.uk/pages/arch/DSCF4378.htm his name is given as Walker, L.E.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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