Lance Corporal 11173 Benjamin Walker

Killed in Action on Saturday, 25th September 1915, age unknown.
Commemorated on Panel 37 and 39 of Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.

5th Bn., Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry. 42nd Brigade of 14th Division.

Born: Dudley Port, Enlisted: Birmingham, Resident: West Bromwich.

First landed France & Flanders, 20th May 1915.
Medal entitlement: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal.
Soldier's Papers at National Archives did not survive.

Commemorated on the St. Paul's, Golds Hill Memorial.
Commemorated here because identified as Tipton on 'Soldiers Died in the Great War'.

Link to Commonwealth War Graves Site: www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/912551/

Genealogical Data

1901 Census
31 Howard Street, Tipton, Staffs.
Abraham Walker (42, Ironworks Shingler, born Tipton), his wife Harriet (44, Grocer's Shop from home, born Tipton), and their 6 children: Abraham (19, Railway Porter, born Tipton), Benjamin (16, Rivet Heater in Iron Works, born Tipton), Israel (14, born Tipton), Kate (11, born Tipton), Gertrude (8, born Tipton), and Violet (3, born Tipton).

1911 Census
16 Churchyard Road, Tipton, Staffs.
Benjamin Walker (26, Labourer in Ironworks, born Tipton), his wife Beatrice (23), and their 2 children: Gertrude (2), and William (7 months).

Personal Data

None Available.

Action resulting in his death

On 25th September 1915 the Battle for Loos began in French Flanders. As part of a number of feints elsewhere it had been decided on an attack on the Bellewaerde Ridge at Hooge, near Ypres. It was thought it might distract the enemy, prevent troop transfers, and just might succeed and we could gain more ground than we were expecting.

At Zero Hour, 04.20am, two pairs of mines were exploded under the German positions north of Hooge. On Bellewaerde Ridge the 14th (Light) Division made good progress, and in some places reached the German support trenches. Attempts to advance failed due to German counter attacks. At the end of the day the only gain still held was one of the craters at Hooge.

The 5th Ox. & Bucks. had a staggering 178 men killed in action on the day, in what was just a side-show to the main event. Benjamin Walker has no known grave and is commemorated on the Menin Gate in Ypres.

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