WALKER, Leonard Arthur
(Service number 51294; 3/3193)

Aliases Len
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Date 28 October 1896 Place of Birth Timaru

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment Gibson Street, Timaru
Occupation Bookseller
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin Frederick WALKER (father), Gibson Street, Timaru; Mrs Agnes WALKER (mother), Pareora, via Timaru
Religion Church of England
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Date 5 September 1936 Age 39 years
Place of Death Dunedin
Cause Heart failure
Memorial or Cemetery Andersons Bay Cemetery, Dunedin
Memorial Reference Block 136, Plot 25
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Leonard Arthur Walker, known as Len, was born on 28 October 1896 at Timaru, the third son of Frederick and Agnes (née Reilly) Walker. He was educated at Waimataitai School, Timaru, and at Seadown School. He was a bookseller, residing at Gibson Street, Timaru, when he enlisted in 1917, and had already served with the 2nd South Canterbury Regiment.

Leonard married Anne Magdalene Switalla in 1920. He died on 5 September 1936 at his home in Dunedin, aged just 39 years, and was buried at Andersons Bay Cemetery, Dunedin. His brother, Norman Trane Walker, also enlisted for war service.


NZ BDM Indexes (Department of Internal Affairs) [23 July 2020]; School Admission record (South Canterbury Branch NZSG) [21 July 2020]; Andersons Bay Cemetery burial record (Dunedin City Council) [23 July 2020]

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