Alfred Allen Walker

Nov 1, 1878

Born in Lennox and Addington County, Ontario to Sylvanus and Mary (nee Pringle) Walker


Dec 17, 1901

Married to Charity Elizabeth Boomhour in Peterborough, Ontario


Apr 8, 1916

Attested into the 155th Battalion in Coe Hill, Ontario

Ø  Number 637045

Ø  Next of kin given as Charity Elizabeth Walker, wife, Faraday, Ontario

o   Later changed to read Coe Hill, Ontario

Ø  Previous occupation given as Labourer

Ø  No previous military experience given

Ø  Religion given as Methodist

The battalion trained in the Kingston, Ontario area


Oct 17, 1916

Embarked the SS Northland in Halifax, Nova Scotia



Oct 28, 1916

Disembarked in Liverpool, England and the battalion proceeded to Bramshott to continue training


Dec 5, 1916

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Dec 6, 1916

Arrived at the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) in the Rouelles Camp, Havre, France as part of a draft of 147 reinforcements from England and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Dec 29, 1916

After leaving the base depot, Private Walker joined the 2nd Entrenching Battalion in Hersin, France


Feb 22, 1917

After leaving the entrenching battalion Private Walker joined the 21st Battalion with headquarters west of Vimy Ridge


May 17, 1917

Attached to the 4th Field Company, Canadian Engineers for duty


Jun 1, 1917

Rejoined the 21st Battalion in the trenches near Neuville St. Vaast, France


Nov 3, 1917

The previous day the 21st Battalion had moved into the Passchendaele front near Crest Farm and on the morning of November 3, the Germans mounted an attack on the front and Private Walker was killed during that attack.  He was subsequently buried in the Tyne Cot Cemetery, Zonnebeke, Belgium


Following the war, the British War Medal, Victory Medal, Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny), Scroll and Memorial Cross were sent to his widow, Mrs. Charity Elizabeth Switzer (she had remarried), Monk Road, Bancroft, Ontario


Feb 13, 1919

Alfred’s widow, Charity, was remarried to Norris Switzer II in Bancroft, Ontario


Alfred Allen Walker is honoured on 3 War Memorials in Canada

 Kingston, Ontario



Coe Hill, Ontario



Bancroft, Ontario



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