Walker T Pte 2395 7th Black Watch

WALKER, THOMAS, Private, No. 2395, 1/7th Battn. The Black Watch (T.F.), 8. of Alexander Middleton Walker, of Middleton Place, Crossgates, co. Fife, Miner, by his wife, Margaret, dau, of the late Thomas Young, of Leven; b. Fordell, Dalgetty, co. Fife, 13 Feb. 1884; educ. Crossgates Public School; served as a grocer in Dunfermline Co-operative Society for nearly five years, then enlisted in the Royal Scots, 2 Jan. 1902; obtained his discharge by purchase, 11 July following, and was employed in the mines; re-enlisted in the Black Watch after the outbreak of war, 15 Sept. 1914; went to France, 1 May, 1915, and was killed in action at Festubert, 16 June, 1915; unm. Buried there. His Captain wrote: “We were being subjected to a terrible bombardment during an attack on the Germans, and Tom along with L.-Corpl. Somerville were sitting in a dug-out sheltering from the fire, when a high explosive shell hit it, smashing in the roof. Both were killed immediately, and without suffering any pain. All the men exhibited great courage during the day and none more than your son, who was always a worker, doing his share and always willing to help others.”

Source : De Ruvigny’s Roll Of Honour Vo

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