Friday 26 April 2013

Private Edwin Jobe Walker

Born on 8 February 1897 in Wolfe Island, Ontario – son of Edward Walker, Wolfe Island, Ontario – at the time of his enlistment in 1916: present address in Wolfe Island, Ontario; trade as farmer; single; no current or previous military service; Church of England; height of 5 feet 8.5 inches; chest of 33 inches fully expanded; dark complexion; gray eyes; black hair

Joined the 146th Battalion, CEF, in Kingston, Ontario, on 17 January 1916 (number 835327) – taken on the strength of the 38th Battalion, CEF, on 14 or 15 February 1918 – wounded on 24 July 1918 – rejoined the 38th Battalion on 24 July 1918 – declared missing, presumed dead, on 10 August 1918 – remains unaccounted for; name inscribed on the Vimy Memorial, France.

(Updated with a photo of Pte Walker's inscription on the Vimy Memorial that I took in August 2012).

(sources: Library and Archives Canada (, online attestation papers; Canadian War Museum, 19740281-001, Manu 58F 2 3, 207th Canadian Infantry Battalion and 38th Canadian Infantry Battalion, Nominal Roll; The Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa Regimental Museum, A400-0007, Master Personnel List for the 38th Canadian Infantry Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force; Commonwealth War Graves Commission, “Debt of Honour” register,

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