27724 Private Albert Walker – New Zealand Machinegun Corps

Albert Walker was born in Dunedin on 12th February 1892[i] the family moved to Wellington in the early 1900’s and
were living in 80 Upland Road, Kelburn[ii], Wellington when Albert enlisted in the New Zealand Expeditionary Force.

Albert’s papers note that he was a self employed carpenter living with his mother who was his next of kin.

27724 Sapper Walker entered Trentham Army Camp on 7th March 1916 as part of the14th Reinforcements, New Zealand Engineers (NZE). Private Walker remained in the NZE but was posted to other reinforcements 16th and 17th and finally on 19th September 1916 to the 19th Reinforcements. Sapper Walker was then posted to the Head Quarter Quartermaster Stores (Hq QMS) on27th September 1916. Sapper Walker was promoted to Corporal on 12th November 1916 and Quartermaster Sergeant on 19th November 1916. QMS Walker remained with the Head Quarters until 18th December 1916 when he was posted to the 25th Reinforcements, Specialist Company (Machine-gun Section.) QMS Walker sailed for overseas service on 26th April 1917.

QMS Walker arrived in the Sling Military Camp on 20th July 1917 and was standard practice reverted in rank being made Temporary Sergeant and allocated to the 5th Reserve Battalion. On 25th August 1917 T/Sergeant Walker was posted to
the NZ Pioneers but three days later reverted to Private Walker when he failed to pass examinations.

Private Walker was medically assessed on the 15th October 1917 and was classified as unfit for active service and the process was started to repatriate him to New Zealand. On 19th November 1917 Private Walker was sent to the discharge depot at Torquay, England and then on 10th January 1918 was embarked for shipping back to New Zealand.

Private Walker arrived in New Zealand on the 7th March 1918 and was granted a month’s leave then was discharged
from the NZEF as ‘unfit for active service on account of defective vision.’

Albert Walker returned to civilian life and carpentry in 1919 he married Edith Doris Armbridge[iii]. The couple had twin
sons  in 1922 and a third son in 1926[iv].

The couple and their three sons had moved out to Tawa Flat by 1927 where Albert is listed as a builder[v] Albert Walker lived for the rest of his life in Tawa Flat dying there on 18th March 1937 and is buried in the Returned Service Persons section of the Karori, Wellington[vi].

Albert’s three sons served in World War Two
NZ1716 Leading Seaman Ngata Bertram Walker RNZN
NZ7655 Supply Assistant Selwyn Desmond Walker RNZN
657522 Private Vernon Hinemoa Walker – Jay Force

Paperspast Online
Archway Archives New Zealand Military Files
NZDF Archives – Military Files
Lest Tawa Forgets

Tawa Flat 1932: Alexander Turnbull Library 

[i] Archway Archives New Zealand Military files: 27724 Private Albert Walker
[ii] NZ Post Office Directory 1914
[iii] NZ BDM
[iv] Lest Tawa Forgets – Ngata Betrum Walker
[v] NZ BDM
[vi] Archway Archives New Zealand Military Files: 27724 Private Albert Walker


Tawa Flat 1932