Burial Service for Jack Walker at Leper Belgium
19 April 2018
Commonwealth War Graves Commission’s New Irish Farm Cemetery
A burial service has been held on 19 April 2018 at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission’s New Irish Farm Cemetery in Belgium for Captain Henry John Innes Walker, Royal Warwickshire Regiment and six unknown soldiers of the First World War. Captain Henry John Innes Walker, of the Royal Warwickshire Regiment, was 25 years old when he was killed in action on 25 April 1915, during the Second Battle of Ypres. He was found with a coin holder, binocular components and leather casing bearing the initials ‘HJIW’, plus a Royal Warwickshire Regiment cap badge and shoulder title, during a planned archaeological dig on the western side of the village of St Julien in April 2016. Multiple sets of remains were found during the dig, however despite extensive research it has proved possible to identify only him.
The service was attended by members of Capt Walker’s family, who he is known to as Jack, including his great nephews, Allan and Alistair Innes-Walker, who travelled from New Zealand and Australia respectively.