WALKER, Herbert Reginald
(Service number ANF1409)

Aliases Birth register as Herbert Ronald Walker. Known as Bert.
First Rank Leading Signalman Last Rank


Date 5 January 1894 Place of Birth Timaru

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Military Service

Served with Australian Imperial Forces Served in Navy
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation HMS Pyramus
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Military Awards

Service Medals 1914-1915 Star; British War Medal; Victory Medal
Military Awards

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No information

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Post-war Occupations


Date 5 May 1980 Age 86 years
Place of Death Montecillo War Veterans' Home & Hospital, Dunedin
Memorial or Cemetery Cremated Andersons Bay, Dunedin; ashes interred Timaru Cemetery
Memorial Reference General Section, Row 54, Plot 745
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Herbert Reginald Walker, known as Bert, was the eldest son of Frederick (Fred) and Agnes (née Reilly) Walker. Bert was educated at several schools - Waimataitai, Temuka, Ashburton, Seadown, and then back to Waimataitai. It appears that he was with the British Navy in 1911 when he is listed in the census as a Signal Boy, 17 years old and single. He enlisted with the Australian Naval Force on 5 December 1912, and embarked on "Pioneer". A letter to his mother in 1915 details some of his experiences in the Persian Gulf. [See attachment] On 24 August 1920 at St Mary's Church, Timaru, he married Ethel May Tait (widow, née Stevenson).


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [15 November 2017]; NZ BDM Indexes (Department of Internal Affairs) 09 November 2017]; School Admission records (South Canterbury Branch NZSG) [15 November 2017]; Andersons Bay Crematorium record (Dunedin City Council) [15 November 2017]; Timaru Cemetery headstone image (Timaru District Council) [15 November 2017]; Otago Witness, 1 December 1915, Timaru Herald, 27 September 1920 (Papers Past) [29 October 2017; 15 November 2017]; 1911 UK census return ( [15 November 2017]

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