72nd Field Bakery, Royal Army Service Corps
Died 1st August 1917, Aged 24
Private E. Walker – R.A.S.C.
Edward Walker of the Royal Army Service Corps was born at Resthivet, Chapel of Garioch on 9 May 1893. He was a son of Alexander Walker and Jane Middleton who married at Chapel of Garioch in 1878 and later resided at Kincardine O’Neil. At the time of Edward’s birth, Alexander was a farmer’s son who worked on the farm. In 1901 the family still lived at Resthivet, and he had two older sisters and one younger. In the 1911 census Edward age 17 is described as a farmer’s son working on the farm at Hillhead, Kincardine O’Neil, a household which, at least on census night, included his older sister Mary aged 21 and ten year old younger sister Beatrice.
The Aberdeen Journal of 10 May 1911 announced in the agricultural pages that Mr Peter Walker, baker at Premnay and Insch had taken over the bakery business at Kincardine O’Neil. In 1912 the same newspaper reported that Edward Walker was one of the organisers of a “young men’s annual reunion” in the Public Hall, Kincardine O’Neil (“the first dance of the season and …much enjoyed by all”) at which tea was served by Mr and Mrs Walker, The Bakery, “with their usual good taste”.
By the time Walker joined up he had joined his brother in the bakery, and after enlistment served in the 72nd Field Bakery (S4/157489). He died on 1 August 1917 aged 24, towards the end of the East African Campaign which ended in November 1917, and is buried at Morogoro Cemetery now near Dar-Es-Salaam in Tanzania.