Joseph Walker was the son of William and Charlotte Walker of 24 Lapal Tunnel, Quinton, and attended Halesowen C of E School. He volunteered for the Worcester Territorials and served in the 1/7th Battalion. They went to France on the 31st March 1915 and moved to billets in Armentičres before proceeding to the front line at Ploegsteert. It was not an aggressive section of the line but shelling was frequent and sniping regular. However, the death of Private Joseph Walker was an accident. He was assisting in the demolition of a building struck by shells and sustained serious internal injuries. He died on the 5th December 1915 at Etaples base hospital and is buried in Etaples Military Cemetery (A 21 A). He was 23 years of age and is commemorated on the Halesowen and Halesowen C of E School Memorials.
ST JOHN THE BAPTIST CHURCH,High St,Halesowen,Dudley,West Midlands,B63 3BB,England, B63 3BB
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