F Walker
Courtesy of Halifax Courier

Fred served in the 12th Battalion. Northumberland Fusiliers and was killed in action on 3rd July 1916, aged 23.  His Battalion who were a service battalion formed in September 1914 and came under orders of 62nd Brigade, 21st Division, they had landed in France in September 1915.

On the 1st July 1916 (the opening day of the Somme) the Battalion were in reserve, though they were involved with moving up supplies and in the evening moved forward to man trenches around the village Fricourt.

Fred’s Battalion went into action at Shelter Wood on the morning of the 3rd in support of 10th Lincolns who were engaged in vicious hand to hand fighting, the fighting to take the woods lasted all day but was a success.  Between the 1st and 3rd July the Battalion suffered the following casualties: Officers: 3 killed, 12 wounded. Other Ranks: 24 killed, 142 wounded, 27 missing

Fred’s parents were John and Grace who are shown on the CWGC records as living at West Field Terrace, West End, Queensbury.  The Halifax Courier show that they were residing at the School House Raggalds at the time of his death and it is this address that is shown on the 1911 census.

The Walker family were large and much travelled, having seven children; four boys three girls.  Fred who was the second born along with his older sibling were born in Norfolk, the rest of the children were born in Cambridgeshire, the family were living there in 1901.  The census for 1911 show that all those of working age were employed in the mills.

Fred who was aged 23 has no known grave and is named on the THIEPVAL MEMORIAL (Pier and Face 10 B 11 B and 12 B) he is also named on the family grave in Queensbury cemetery alongside his brother Hugh who was killed in action on 29th August 1916.