15437 Lance Corporal Ernest Victor Walker

D Company 2nd Battalion

3rd New Zealand Rifle Brigade

3rd January 1918  

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pw35 Lance Corporal Ernest Victor Walker

Born in Whangarei, New Zealand in July 1886.

His parents were George Henry Walker(1845-15/06/1892) and Sarah Ann Carr(1853-15/07/1922). They were married on 02/12/1867.

Ernest had 4 brothers; Frederick William(1870-1943), Robert Oscar(1876-1947), William Watson(1877-1950) and George Henry(1880-1954).

He also had 3 sisters; Flora Elizabeth(born in 1868),Eva Eleanor(1873-1932) and Violet Maud(1888-1965).

The 1914 NZ Electoral Roll records Ernest as living in Rotorua and employed as a train examiner.

He enlisted at Trentham Camp on 05/04/1916, having already had a medical on 15/03/1916,details below;

Apparent  Age - 29 years, Height - 5ft 9 inches, Weight - 10st 11lb

Chest Measurement - Minimum - 34 inches, Maximum - 371/2 inches

Complexion - Fair, Colour of Eyes - Blue, Colour of Hair - Fair

Religious Profession - Presbyterian

Tattooed coat of arms on right forearm.

Ernest's journey to the Western front, began in Wellington on 29/07/1916  sailing aboard the Ulimaroa until 28/09/1916 when he disembarked in Devonport, England. He was marched into Sling Camp, Salisbury Plain the same day. 

He stayed at Sling until 10/10/1916 when he was sent to France, marching into the Etaples camp the next day.

Ernest joined his battalion and was posted to D Company on 22/11/1916.

At the start of the following year on 07/01/1917, he was detached to the Railway Construction party, whom he stayed with for the next couple of months before returning to his unit on 15/03/1917. 

He was detached from his unit again on 21/04/1917, this time to the NZ  Working Battalion. Whilst with them he was awarded

3 days field punishment No.2 after being found guilty of being absent from parade on 25/04/1917.

He returned to his unit on 18/05/1917.

Ernest was promoted to Lance Corporal whilst doing police duties on 17/08/1917.

He was given leave to the UK on  12/101/1917, returning to his unit on 24/10/1917 .

He was killed in action on 03/01/1918.

Ernest was awarded the 1914-1918 British War and Allied Victory medals.