(Service number 7/1918)
|First Rank||Lance Corporal||Last Rank||Private|
|Date||12 December 1891||Place of Birth||Fairlie|
|Date||23 July 1915||Age||23 years 7 months|
|Address at Enlistment||Care of Mrs J. Dockrill, Charles Street, Timaru|
|Previous Military Experience|
|Next of Kin||Miss M. DOCKRILL (cousin), Charles Street, Timaru|
|Religion||Church of England|
|Served with||NZ Armed Forces||Served in||Army|
|Body on Embarkation||8th Reinforcements|
|Unit, Squadron, or Ship||Canterbury Mounted Rifles|
|Date||13 November 1915|
|Transport||Willochra or Tofua|
|Other Units Served With|
|Last Unit Served With|
|Service Medals||1914-1915 Star; British War Medal|
Award Circumstances and Date
Prisoner of War Information
|Date of Capture|
|Where Captured and by Whom|
|Actions Prior to Capture|
|PoW Serial Number|
|Date||10 June 1917||Reason||No longer Physically Fit for War Service on Account of Pre enlistment disability aggravated by Active. Service.|
Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses
|Date||15 September 1924||Age||32 years|
|Place of Death||Christchurch Hospital, Christchurch|
|Notices||Timaru Herald, 16 September 1924|
|Memorial or Cemetery||Timaru Cemetery|
|Memorial Reference||General Section, Row 2, Plot 319|
|New Zealand Memorials|
Alfred Walker was born on 12 December 1891 at Fairlie, the second son of James and Sarah (née Bodley) Walker. He was educated at Fairlie and Pleasant Point schools. Alfred’s mother died suddenly in 1904 at their residence in Timaru. His father, who was in Dunedin in 1916, died at the Timaru Hospital in 1921.
Alfred named his cousin as next-of-kin – Miss M. Dockrill, Charles Street, Timaru. This was Mabel, whose mother was a sister of Alfred’s mother. He gave his address as care of Mrs J. Dockrill, Cahrles Street, Timaru – his aunt Alice Dockrill. His last employer was H. Bodley, Te Pohue – his uncle, Henry Bodly. Lfred Walker was invalided to New Zealand per the “Maunganui”, leaving from Devonport on 17 March 1917. He was discharged on 10 June 1917, being no longer physically fit for War Service on acvcount of pre-enlistment disability aggravated by Active Service.
Private Alfred John Walker, of the 8th Reinforcements, died on 15 September 1924 at the Christchurch Hospital, and was interred in the Timaru Cemetery. He was in Christchurch to undergo an operation for a bad leg, having come from the Chatham Islands, and, while awaiting admission, had called at the Heathcote bowling club where a working bee was underway. There he jokingly lifted a gallon jar to his lips, accidentally swallowing some of the mixture – a mixture which was, in fact, weed-killer. Taken to Christchurch Hospital in a bad state, he died a few days later. Before dying he was able to state that “he alone was to blame for what had happened.” It was said that his wife was in Timaru at the time. His wife, Elizabeth Hazel, later lived for some years in Dunedin.
His youngest brother, Joseph Walker (8/2168), was killed in action in 1916 at the Somme, France. Two cousins lost their lives in World War I – Daniel Bodley who was killed in action in 1916 in France and Andrew Henry Robinson who died of wounds in 1918 in France. Additionally, three more cousins served - Edward James Carr (with the Australians), James Robert Bodley and William Moreland. Alfred’s younger brother, Walter James Walker, was called up. Walter, a woollen mill worker, lived in Timaru with his widowed aunt, Alice Dockrill. Walter died in 1932 and was buried with his brother Alfred.
Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [07 May 2020]; NZ BDM Indexes (Department of Internal Affairs) [07 May 2020]; School Admission records (South Canterbury Branch NZSG) [07 May 2020]; NZ Electoral Rolls (ancestry.com.au) [17 May 2020]; Timaru Cemetery records (Timaru District Council) [17 May 2020]; Timaru Herald, 6 August 1904, 23 & 24 September 1921, 16 & 18 September 1924, Ashburton Guardian, 16 September 1924, Press, 16 September 1924 [x 2] (Papers Past) [17 May 2020]
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