George Archer (Cucher) WALKER

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WALKER, George Archer

Service Number: 2326
Enlisted: 8 March 1915, Served in the C.I.R. Kalgoorlie, WA.
Last Rank: Company Sergeant Major
Last Unit: 28th Infantry Battalion
Born: Williamstown, Victoria, Australia, October 1891
Home Town: Boulder, Kalgoorlie/Boulder, Western Australia
Schooling: North Kalgoorlie State School, Western Australia
Occupation: Clerk
Died: Killed in action, France, 1 June 1918
Cemetery: Franvillers Communal Cemetery Extension
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Boulder Roll of Honour, Fremantle Fallen Sailors & Soldiers Memorial
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World War 1 Service

8 Mar 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 2326, 28th Infantry Battalion, Served in the C.I.R. Kalgoorlie, WA.
13 Oct 1915: Involvement SN 2326, 28th Infantry Battalion
13 Oct 1915: Embarked SN 2326, 28th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Themistocles, Fremantle
26 Jan 1916: Promoted AIF WW1, Sergeant, 28th Infantry Battalion
4 Jan 1917: Promoted AIF WW1, Company Sergeant Major, 28th Infantry Battalion, Temp RSM 8/2/1917 to 22/5/1917
20 Sep 1917: Wounded AIF WW1, Company Sergeant Major, SN 2326, 28th Infantry Battalion, Menin Road, SW to head
1 Jun 1918: Involvement SN 2326, 28th Infantry Battalion

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Biography contributed by Evan Evans

From François Berthout

Today, it is with deep gratitude that I want to honor one of my boys from the Somme, I want to pay a very respectful tribute to the Company Sergeant Major number 2326 George Archer Walker who fought in the 28th battalion of Australian Infantry and who was killed in action 102 years ago,on June 1, 1918 at the age of 27.

George Archer Walker was born in 1891 in Victoria, Australia and was the son of George Edwin and Harriett Walker of 21, Harvey Street, Boulder, Western Australia. He was educated in North Kalgoorlie, he worked as a clerk and he was married with Alice Maud Walker and they lived together in Boulder Street.

Enlisted on March 8, 1915 in Perth, Australia in the 28th Australian infantry battalion, 5th Reinforcement as Provisional Sergeant, he received his training at Blackboy, Australia and embarked with his unit from Fremantle, Western Australia on board HMAT A32 Themistocles on October 13, 1915 for Egypt where he completed his training at Tel-El-Kebir and was promoted to the rank of sergeant on January 26, 1916. He then embarked with his unit from Alexandria, Egypt, on March 16, 1916 and was disembarked in Marseilles , France, on March 21, 1916 and joined the trenches of the battlefields on the Somme front.

George served with great bravery in the Somme and fought during the battle of Pozieres then he fought in Ypres, Belgium then at Polygon Wood and was promoted to the rank of Company Sergeant Major on January 4, 1917 and was wounded on September 25, 1917 but was soon in a state to return to the front and join his unit which was back in the Somme.

Unfortunately, George was killed in action shortly after near Franvillers, Somme.

Today, George Archer Walker rests in peace alongside his brothers in arms at the Franvillers Communal Cemetery Extension, Somme.

Thank you George, Today, it is with the greatest respect that we remember you and that we are here to honor your memory, you who fought in the trenches and the battlefields of the Somme, on these sacred lands where so many brave men like you fought and fell, giving your courage, your blood, your life, you have done your duty nobly and the Somme will never forget the sacrifice and courage of all the Australian soldiers who fought here, today I walk in your footsteps with great respect, I will always be the devoted guardian of your memory and I will always be there to maintain the link between you, my boys of the Somme and your families for whom I feel a very deep respect and a lot of love, I will always be the link of the Franco-Australian friendship that you have built by your courage and by the blood that you have shed here with all your brothers in arms and you will never be forgotten, it is an honor to be there for you and to maintain this flame of remembrance that shines in my heart and the Somme will always be grateful to you, with respect and love.At the going down of the sun and in the morning,we will remember him,we will remember them.🌺

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