Rolls of Honour: St Paul’s. Shipley; Ypres, Menin Gate Memorial
Regiment: 1/6 West Yorkshire
Fred was second-eldest son of Shipley carpenter and joiner John William Walker and his Herefordshire-born wife Mary. The 1911 census shows that the couple had been married 21 years and four of their six children survived: Frank, Fred, William and Cyril. The family lived at 77 Kirkgate, Shipley. It was to there that Sgt H Clarke, another Shipley soldier who came from 25 Clifton Place, Bradford Road, sent a letter to say: ‘It is with deep regret that I write to break the news that your dear son Frederick was killed this afternoon just before five o’clock.
‘We had been flooded out and were cleaning away the water when a small shell caught us, wounding one corporal and killing poor Fred.‘I express the heartfelt sympathy of myself and all his comrades in the company. The only thing I can say to lighten your sad bereavement is that he died at his post, a good soldier and that he did not suffer as death was instantaneous.‘It has cast a gloom over us all and upset us for the time being, but we have to go on and do our duty.‘Being a Shipley man and his
platoon sergeant, I thought I would be the first to break the sad news. Again I give you the whole-hearted sympathy of all who were associated with him.’Fred Walker was 21 years old and had been in France just under four months. Before the war he worked as a plumber’s apprentice at A Bagnall & Son. He was a member of the Oddfellows.In a separate letter, another colleague told his parents that they had laid him to rest and erected a cross over his grave. Based on a report in the Shipley Times & Express 20 August 1915