William Raby WALKER

Regimental number23/1861
Next of kinFather, James Walker, Ferntown, Collingwood, Nelson
Rank on embarkationRifleman
Unit nameNew Zealand Rifle Brigade, 1915, 3rd Reinforcements of 1st Battalion, E Company
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Wellington on board HMNZT 38 Tahiti on 8 January 1916
Final rankSergeant
Final unit12th (Nelson) Company, 2nd Battalion, Canterbury Infantry Regiment
FateDied of wounds 20 December 1917
Age at death from cemetery records31
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsButtes New British Cemetery (New Zealand) Memorial, Polygon Wood, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: James Walker, Triangle Valley, Puponga, Nelson, and the late Helen Walker

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty when in command of a platoon in an isolated trench, when a party of the enemy about fifty strong attempted a raid. He showed great tactical ability in bringing a Lewis gun to bear on the threatened flank, covering it with a section of bombers, and caught the raiders with enfilade fire and decimated them. He had previously shown marked courage and devotion to duty.'
Source: 'London Gazette'
Date: 26 March 1918

Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Medals: Distinguished Conduct Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNominal Roll Vol. 2: Roll 15, p. 5