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James E. Walker, of Netherthong, Yorkshire 2 weeks 18 hours ago #68308

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Named on the Netherthong war memorial, Netherthong being a small village near Holmfirth, south of Huddersfield. Although he appears on the memorial as J. Walker, the online History of Netherthong gives his first name as James. historyofnetherthong.co.uk/?p=111









The Netherthong website has a small section on the ABW, but no mention of James Walker. So far, I've been through the Holmfirth Express newspaper, from 6th January to 5th May 1900, and not found a mention of him, so I assume he must have been a regular soldier, or possibly a reservist.
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James E. Walker, of Netherthong, Yorkshire 2 weeks 5 hours ago #68312

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Berenice,

There is a J E Walker on the casualty roll, he served as Trooper in the New South Wales Contingent so that is, I think, unlikely to be him.

9 J Walkers did not return from South Africa. Their regiments were:

Gordon Highlanders
HLI
Railway Pioneer Regiment
South Lancashire Regiment
North Staffordshire Regiment
KRRC
Lancashire Fusiliers
Manchester Regiment
East Kent Regiment

The would accord with your thoughts too.
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James E. Walker, of Netherthong, Yorkshire 2 weeks 3 hours ago #68326

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I tried to find his birth registration; in the late 1800s Netherthong and Holmfirth were in the Huddersfield Registration District, and I could find only one possible -- James Edward Walker, birth registered in the June Quarter of 1863, whose mother's maiden name was Gledhill, which, if that was the Netherthong man, would have him in his late 30s when he died.

There's a Gledhill named on the Netherthong memorial, and the village history site has this on him - "George Richard Gledhill, 2nd. LT. 1/5 Battalion, Duke of Wellington;s regiment. He was a family member of the firm Walter Gledhill & Sons, Bridge Mills." historyofnetherthong.co.uk/?p=1138

So, possibly, he was James Edward Walker, born in 1863.

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