Ernest Victor WALKER
Rank: Gunner
Number: RMA/2269(S)
Unit: Anti-Aircraft Brigade ROYAL MARINE ARTILLERY
Date of Death: 31 July 1917
Age: 20
Cemetery: Coxyde Military Cemetery, Koksijde, Belgium

It has not been possible to discover any information about Ernest, other than that which is recorded by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. Its website notes that his parents were James and Eliza Jane Walker who, in the early 1920s, were living at 109 Ingleton Road, Edgeley, Stockport. It also notes that, at some point, he was “Mentioned in Despatches”.

The Royal Marine Artillery was a very long-standing body but its Ant-Aircraft Brigade was only formed on 23 April 1915 to deal with the new weapon of war – the aeroplane. Their main weapon was a two-pounder pom-pom, mounted on a lorry. Aircraft were difficult targets and few were brought down by direct hits. The Brigade’s main tactic would be to fire in the hope that enemy planes would be forced to fly higher than usual, disrupting their bombing missions.

Ernest’s cause of death is unknown.

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