Herbert Charles Walker, born in Thistleton, was one of three brothers killed in the First World War. He was born in the village where his father grew up along with ten of his eleven brothers and sisters. Herbert was born in March 1896, the son of William and Elizabeth Walker. By 1911 the family had moved to Duddington in Northamptonshire and, aged 15, Herbert was working on a farm. The family moved again, to New House Grange, Sheepy Magna near Atherstone in Warwickshire where Herbert worked as a horseman with his father. He enlisted in the Leicestershire Regiment on 14 February 1916, by which time two of his elder brothers had been killed, William almost five months earlier and Edgar nearly a year before. Herbert was sent abroad in March 1917 and later that month transferred to the 10th Battalion Cheshire Regiment. He was killed during the Third Battle of Ypres (Passchendaele) on 12 August 1917. According to the battalion war diary the Cheshires moved from Railway Wood to Westhoek Ridge where they endured three days of enemy shelling before being relieved on 12 August. The entry that day reads: "Enemy shelling continued. The Battalion moved out of the trench at dusk via Bellewarde Ridge, Menin Road, China Wall and Warrington Road to the embussing point." Casualties were recorded as three officers wounded, 16 other ranks killed, 70 wounded and seven missing. Among these was Herbert. He does not have a known grave and instead is remembered on the Menin Gate, Panel 22. All three brothers are remembered on the war memorial in Duddington. Thistleton, where they were all born, does not have a war memorial and Herbert is not mentioned in George Phillips' book Rutland and the Great War. During the war their family moved to Lodge Farm, Dadlington near Nuneaton, with four surviving brothers and two sisters.
In November 2013, the three memorial scrolls recording the brothers' deaths and sent from Buckingham Palace to their family, came up for sale with Bosleys Military Auctioneers. The estimate was £60-£100 although we do not know what the sale made.
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