Walker, George

BORN BURSTWICK 04/10/1895. SON OF FRED ESCREET WALKER (1871-1937) & SARAH LEVETT (1871-1916), OF BURSTWICK HALL, BURSTWICK, , EAST RIDING OF YORKSHIRE. HE HAD FOUR BROTHERS AND FIVE SISTERS. A FARM SERVANT. SINGLE MAN. DESCRIBED AS 5 FOOT, 3.5 INCHES TALL, 121 LBS WEIGHT, 35 INCH CHEST. ENLISTED HULL, ON 29/02/1916. POSTED TO FRANCE, ON 09/07/1916. SERVED IN THE 8TH EAST YORKSHIRE REGIMENT. KILLED IN ACTION, ON 03/05/1917, AGED 21. COMMEMORATED ON THE ARRAS MEMORIAL. HE HAD SERVED IN THE ARMY FOR 1 YEAR AND 144 DAYS.

HIS MOTHER DIED ON 07/11/1916 AND HE LEFT HIS ARMY EFFECTS TO HIS SISTER, ELSIE WALKER. HIS BROTHER FRED WALKER, HAD BEEN GASSED IN FRANCE AND DIED IN BURSTWICK ON 14/10/1919, AGED 21.

During the Second Battle of the Scarpe (23–25 April) 8th Bde was moved up in support of 15th (S) Division and did not join the attack Again, on 28 April, although the 8th EYR ‘stood to’ to support 12th (Eastern) Division at the Battle of Arleux, it was not engaged, though it suffered a number of casualties from shellfire both before and after the attack. The Third Battle of the Scarpe on 3 May 1917, was another matter: 3rd Division had been in the line for 10 days, although the divisional commander had managed to keep 8th and 9th Bdes relatively fresh before they took over the front line trenches on 1 May. Despite attacking before dawn there was no surprise and just before Zero (03.45) the enemy guns deluged the division’s front with HE and gas shells, so the men had to wear their respirators while forming up. When it attacked, 8th Brigade fell into confusion in the darkness, partly because the enemy had pushed parties of riflemen out into shell holes in No man’s land where they were missed by the barrage. 8th East Yorkshires in the second wave quickly ran into 1st Royal Scots Fusiliers (RSF) in front, who were completely held up. By the end of the day the brigade held a series of outposts in No man’s land. Despite its heavy casualties – 6 officers killed (including the Padre), one wounded, 35 other ranks killed, 161 wounded and 39 missing – 8th EYR had to take over the line during the night from the even more shattered 1st RSF. Although the battalion was ordered to reorganise to continue the operations, both sides spent 4 May collecting wounded under Red Cross flags. The battalion spent the night of 4/5 May working on outposts and trenches.

Although 8th EYR was later awarded the Battle honour for the Capture of Roeux that ended the Arras offensive on 13–4 May, it did not actually take part in the fighting.


First name:
GEORGE
Military Number:
21941
Rank:
Private
Date Died
03/05/1917
Place died:
Arras Memorial, Pas de Calais, France
Age:
21
BURSTWICK HALL, BURSTWICK, , EAST RIDING OF YORKSHIRE, UK