Major John Charles Arthington Walker

Major Walker was killed in action in the engagement near Leeuwkop, April 1st, 1902. He was born in May 1859 at St Thomas, Devon. He entered the 19th Hussars from the 4th Battalion Duke of Wellington's West Riding Regiment (6th West York Militia) July 1882, was promoted Captain in Jan 1886, and Major in the 2nd Dragoon Guards, May 1897. He was Recruiting Staff Officer, London District from 1896-99. He served in the Sudan Expedition 1884, with the 19th Hussars, and was present at the engagements at El Teb and Tamai, receiving the medal with clasp and the Khedive's star. He also served in the Nile Expedition 1884-85, with the same regiment. Major Walker embarked with the Queen's Bays for South Africa in Nov 1901. In the action in which he was killed three squadrons of the Bays first attacked a farm house at Holspruit, capturing Commandant Pretorius. They afterwards attacked Albert's commando, which was found encamped nearby and in very superior numbers. The fighting was most determined, Major Walker and Captain Herron being killed. He married Lucy Isabel Hogg, daughter of Sir Stuart Saunders Hogg and Selina Catherine Perry, on 20 August 1890.

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