The Australian Boer War Memorial
Anzac Parade Canberra
|Trooper Richard Walker|
Ancestor's Name: Richard Thomas Walker
Ancestor's date of birth: 14/11/1879
Ancestor's date of death: 05/02/1954
Cause of Death: Emphysema and Pneumonia
Service Number: 517
Colony or State of enlistment: NSW, Place of Enlistment: Liverpool
Unit: B Squadron NSW Citizens Bushmen
Rank attained in Boer War: TPR, Date Effective: On enlistment
Highest Rank attained (if served after war): SGT, Date Effective: 02/05/1915
Murray Page: 80
Contingent: Third NSW Contingent
Ship: Alantian or Maplemore, Date of Sailing: 28/02/1900
Memorial details: Details not provided.
Decorations: Queen's South Africa Medal with Rhodesia, Transvaal and SA 1901 clasps. 1914- 1915 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Personal Characteristics: Detail not provided
Reasons to go and fight: Detail not provided
Details of service in war: April 1900 - April 1901 in Rhodesia, west Transvaal including 22 July 1900 engagement at Koster River to relieve at Elands River Garrison, defence of Elands River Post (4-16 August 1900), and in northern Transvaal, great De Wet hunt (February - March 1901) and advance on Petersburg.
Service and life after the Boer War: He served in WW1 as No 144 Pte 28 October 1914, Cpl 15 November 1914, L/Sgt 2 January 1915, then Sgt 27 May 1915. He served in Eygpt then France in 1 Moblie Vet section, 21 Howitzer Bde and 8 Battery 3rd Field Artillery Bde.
He endured repeated bouts of gastro enteritis and lung problems later in life, he may have had a slight gasing episode which was not reported. He was dischared medically unfit on 3 August 1917.
Name of Descendant: Frank Deane, Beecroft NSW
Relationship to Ancestor: Grandson