Private 74519 Leslie Walker

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Died Home on Tuesday, 3rd February 1920, age 18.
Buried in Grave B. "C." 561. at Tipton Cemetery, Staffordshire, United Kingdom.

6th Bn., Worcestershire Regiment.

Son of William and Esther Walker, of 44, Peel St., Tipton.
Born: West Bromwich, Enlisted: Unknown, Resident: Tipton.

Never served abroad.
Medal entitlement: No medal entitlement.
Soldier's Papers at National Archives did not survive.

Not commemorated on any Tipton 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/395362/

Genealogical Data

Birth of William Leslie Walker registered September quarter 1901 in West Bromwich.

1901 Census
44 Peel Street, Tipton, Staffs.
William Walker (23, Professional Footballer, born Tipton), and his wife Esther (23, born West Bromwich).

'Billy' Walker signed for West Bromwich Albion from Toll End Wesley. He played 34 times in the League,scoring 6 goals, between 1899 and 1901, and twice in the FA Cup, including the 0-4 defeat by Tottenham Hotspur in the semi-final at Villa Park.

1911 Census
44 Peel Street, Tipton, Staffs.
William Walker (32, Boiler Rivetter, born Tipton), his wife Esther (32, born Great Bridge), and their 2 children: Leslie (9, School, born West Bromwich), and Minnie (3, born Tipton).

Personal Data

After Leslie's death, his outstanding army pay and allowances amounted to £4/4/11d (4 pounds, 4 shillings and 11 pence); this was paid to his father, William, in May 1920.

Action resulting in his death

Leslie Walker was just 17 when the Great War ended; it is likley that he volunteered to join the army after the armistice as conscription at the age of 18 had ceased at the armistice. Britain now had more overseas commitments after the war had ended than before the war, and recruitment still continued on a voluntary basis.

Leslie died either from illness or due to an accident in the Infirmary at Worcester, and is buried in Tipton Cemetery.

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