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David John Walker (Service no. 58629) was a First World War soldier with links to New Brighton

David John Walker was born on 6th July, 1890.

He went to  New Brighton School.

After leaving school, he was a farmhand for James Mitchell, living at 128 Marshland Rd.

His parents, William Thomas and Rachael Walker, lived on Bexley Road, New Brighton.

David was shortish, with blue eyes and fair hair.

He signed up on 22nd May, 1917, and left New Zealand on the 15th August as a private with the 29th Reinforcements, Canterbury Infantry Regiment, C Company. They sailed for Glasgow, taking about 6 weeks. They went into Sling Camp for more training, before heading into France.

However, on 2nd November, still in England, David was admitted to the Military Hospital at Tidworth, with cerebral spinal meningitis, and, sadly,  he died on 3rd November, 1917.

He is buried at Tidworth Military Cemetery, Wiltshire, England.

His name is on the New Brighton School Roll of Honour.

Related Resources


  • KILLED IN ACTION. Wanganui Chronicle, Volume LX, Issue 17135, 9 November 1917, Page 5

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David John Walker

First Names:David John
Last Name:Walker