Albert WALKER
Rank: Private
Number: 4282
Unit: 1/6th Battalion Cheshire Regiment
Date of Death: 3rd August 1916
Age: 18
Cemetery: Loos Memorial, Pas de Calais

Albert was the son of Edward and Charlotte Walker, 1 David Street, Reddish, Stockport. He enlisted at Stockport and his service number suggests he will not have been at the front for very long when he was killed.

Some mystery surrounds his death as it does with another man, James Turner, killed the same day.

On 3 August, the 6th Cheshires were at Le Touret in northern France and any soldier who was killed, but who has no known grave, would be commemorated on the Loos Memorial. However, the Battalion's official War Diary only records one man being killed (and he is positively identified as Thomas Baines).

Newspaper reports of James Turner's death indicate he was attached to a battalion of the Royal Lancaster Regiment. Certainly, the 1/5th Lancasters record that, on 23 July, a draft of 87 men from the Cheshires were attached. However, the Lancasters were in the heart of the Somme battlefield and a significant distance away from where Albert must have been killed.

It is possible that Albert was still with the Cheshires or, indeed, had been attached to another unknown unit. It will probably never be known what happened to him.

   
           
   
     
© 2006. Design and Layout are the property of Ihelm Enterprises Limited and cannot be reproduced without express permission.
 
Enter Search Phrase Here:(search may take up to 30 seconds) 
 
Close Search Window