The Soldier's Details

Surname:
Walker
First Name:
Harold Alexander
Rank:
Private
Regimental #:
WX9224
Classification:
Signaller
Company:
Headquarters Company
Enlisted:
30.10.1940
DOB:
26.06.1918
Place of Birth:
Greenbushes, Western Australia
Father's Name:
John Walker
Mothers's Name:
Ivy Alice Walker (nee Hancock)
Religion:
Methodist
Pre-war Occupation:
Baker
Memorial:
Kranji War Cemetery, Plot 1, Row A, Grave 7. Aged 23
Cause of Death:
Killed in Action
Place of Death:
Reformatory Road, Ulu Pandan
Date of Death:
12.02.1942

General Description

Above:  Left Harold working as a baker,
Denmark. Chopping wood for ovens – rising very early every day to prepare for baking.

Above:  A young Harold Walker.

Above photo taken of Harold and only brother, young John Walker.

 

 

Of those men from Denmark listed above, those who were with 2/4th did not return.  Harry Tysoe died illness Japan Nov 1943 and Tim Hodgson died of illness Thai-Buma Railway Sep 1943.

 

Harold Walker gravestone, Kranji War Cemetery

 

Harold’s father John Walker sailed 24 May 1911 from London on ‘Armadale’ to Fremantle.  Born in Northern Ireland in 1887 he was from a large family and his occupation was recorded as farmhand. His older brother Alexander died in France WW1.  John named his son Harold Alexander after his brother.

Harold’s mother Ivy Alice Hancock, born Wiltshire in 1897, was one of four children who sailed with her parents from London 22 July 1911 on ‘Ophir’ to Fremantle.

John Walker and Ivy Hancock married 1916 Balingup.  In 1919 John commenced working with WAGR first working at Kirup then Mullalyup and finally Denmark.  He retired in 1949.

John and Ivy had three daughters and two sons, Eileen, Harold, Mavis, Elizabeth and John.

When Harold finished school at Denmark, he got a position as an apprentice with the local Denmark bakery and remained working there until he enlisted in 1940.  The hours were long, requiring him to be up very early to have the ovens working (wood fired of course).

In Feb 1943, Harold’s grandfather died at Margaret River.  We do not know when the Walker family were informed of Harold’s death in Singapore.

 

 

Please read read the Denmark War Memorial

 

 

 

Harold’s mother Ivy died 15 November 1966 aged 69 years, and his father John died 5 August 1968 aged 81 years. Both buried at Denmark Cemetery.

 

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