This site commemorates the men and women of Collingham, Linton and Micklethwaite who served during World War 1. Today we especially commemorate Corporal 18282 Henry Reginald Hirst of the Royal Army Ordnance Corp who died on this day in 1936.
Walker, Frank
(1883-?)

Rank and Unit at End of World War One

Rank Aircraft mechanic II

Service Number 248456

Service RAF

Unit

Regiment Royal Air Force

Biography

Family background

Frank Walker was born in Linton on the 23rd April 1883, the son of Squire and Mary Ann Walker. Frank had two brothers, Thomas Arthur and Edmund. Thomas was born on the 7th September 1881 at 24 Lyddon Terrace, Leeds and was baptised on the 12th October of the same year at the Wesleyan Chapel, we think in Tadcaster. By the time Frank was born the family's address was given as Linton, Leeds, giving a date that the Walker family moved from Leeds to Linton between 1881 and 1883. Frank's father, Squire Walker, was a butcher.

By the census date in 1891, Frank and his parents were living at 3, St.Mark's Grove in Leeds and in 1901 he was living at 30 Blenheim Terrace in Leeds. Ten years later, Frank had left Yorkshire and was working as a broker in hides and skins in Totterdown, Bristol.

Service record

In 1918, Frank enlisted (on the 29th January 1918) as an aircraft mechanic in the Royal Naval Air Service (RNAS) in Eastbourne. Later that year, on the formation of the Royal Air Force (RAF), Frank transferred from the RNAS to the RAF, and he served out the rest of the war in the RAF. By this date Frank had married and gave his next of kin as his wife, Nancie, but we have not identified when he married.

After the War

After his service Frank returned to civilian life away from the Linton area. In 1918 he gave the address of his wife as 67 Eastwood Road, Cannon Hill, Birmingham. By 1939, Frank, still a trader in skins, hides and fat, is living at 181 Alcester Road South, in King's Heath, Birmingham with his wife and daughter Betty, who was a shorthand typist and telephonist.


Sources

1911 Census. The National Archives. Class RG14 Piece 14889
First World War Airmen's Service Records. The National Archives (AIR79).

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