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WALKER, John
(Service number 4/1207)

Aliases Jack
First Rank Sapper Last Rank Sapper

Birth

Date 23 October 1885 Place of Birth Kakahu

Enlistment Information

Date 25 August 1915 Age 27 years
Address at Enlistment Care of A. Bell, Pleasant Point
Occupation Bricklayer
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin Mrs J. WALKER, sen, (mother), Cave, via Timaru
Religion Presbyterian
Medical Information Height 5 feet 2 inches. Weight 126 lbs (stripped). Chest measurement 31¼-34 inches. Complexion fair. Eyes grey. Hair brown. Sight - both eyes 20 xx. Hearing & colour vision both normal. Limbs well formed. Full & perfect movement of all joints. Chest - slight deformity. Heart & lungs normal. Teeth fair. Free from hernia, varicocele, varicose veins, haemorrhoids, inveterate or contagious skin disease. Vaccinated. Good bodily & mental health. Slight defects but not sufficient to cause rejection. Mole in centre of back. Cervical scoriosis with projection of left a.... thorax. Remarks - I have known John Walker for six years & can testify to his good health & strenuous work. His scoriosis in no way interferes with his .... ....... & is not tuberculosis.

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation 8th Reinforcements
Unit, Squadron, or Ship New Zealand Field Engineers
Date 13 November 1915
Transport Willochra or Tofua
Embarked From Wellington Destination
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With New Zealand Engineers

Military Awards

Campaigns Egyptian; Egyptian Expeditionary Force; Western European
Service Medals 1914-1915 Star; British War Medal; Victory medal
Military Awards Military Medal

Award Circumstances and Date

Awarded for acts of Gallantry in the field, November 1917

Prisoner of War Information

Date of Capture
Where Captured and by Whom
Actions Prior to Capture
PoW Serial Number
PoW Camps
Days Interned
Liberation Date

Discharge

Date 1 January 1919 Reason No longer physically fit for War Service on account of wounds received in Action (Gunshot wounds left shoulder).

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Post-war Occupations

Death

Date 6 May 1963 Age 79 years
Place of Death Timaru
Cause
Notices Timaru Herald, 7 May 1963
Memorial or Cemetery Timaru Cemetery
Memorial Reference Services Section, Row 121, Plot 11
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

John Walker was the son of James and Barbara (née Sievwright) Walker. His brother Joseph Walker was killed in action in 1916 at the Somme.

Sources

Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [25 July 2016]; NZ Defence Force Personnel Records (Archives NZ Ref. AABK18805 W5557 0118094) [27 July 2016]; NZ BDM Indexes (Department of Internal Affairs) [25 July 2016]; Timaru Herald, 7 May 1963 (Timaru District Library) [28 July 2016]; Timaru Cemetery headstone image (Timaru District Council) [28 July 2016]

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