Ivor Charles Walker


About Ivor Charles

  • Name
    Ivor Charles
  • Initials
  • Surname
  • Date of Birth
    3 August 1897
  • Birth town
    Romney, Monmouthshire
  • Resided town
  • Commemorated
  • Nationality
  • Place of death
    Carmarthen, Wales
  • Date of death
  • Married
  • Occupation
    Assistant Motor Driver, British Petrol Co

Service Information

  • Army

  • Service Number
  • Rank
  • Regiment
    Welsh Regiment
  • Battalion


Ivor Charles Walker was born in Romney, Monmouthshire on 3 August 1897 to parents William Charles, a gardener and Jennett (nee Thomas); he was one of seven children.  In 1901 Ivor, aged three, was living at Porthkerry, Cardiff, Glamorganshire with William (34) a domestic gardener, Jennet (31), Walter (8), Lilian (5) and Winifred (6 months).  In 1911, the family were living at Glein Cottage, Alltycnap, Johnstown, Carmarthen.  Ivor (13) was at school and a grocer’s errand boy.  There was also an additional sibling, Edward Jones Walker (8).

Ivor attested on 15 February 1915,  and reported on 29 March 1915 joining the 2/4th Welsh Regiment.  He was 17 years 7 months, stood at 5’8” with a 32” chest.  In September 1916, he sustained a bayonet wound to his right hand.  During his service he was admitted to several hospitals for various ailments, including Cambridge and Bedford.  He was discharged from Cambridge Hospital on 8 August 1916 after recovering from a bout of bronchitis.  Ten days later Ivor passed through Peterborough East Station whilst based at Old Warden Camp, Bedford.

On 22 March 1917, Ivor transferred to the Kings Liverpool Regiment and in June that year transferred again to the 392nd Unit Labour Corp. On 27 November 1917, he was posted to the Western Command Labour Centre and then to the Home Service Labour Company.  He did not serve abroad.  He was demobilised on 25 February 1919, giving his address as 9 Nott Square, Carmarthen, South Wales.

Ivor married Nellie G Thomas at Lampeter in the June qtr 1920, and they had two children Winifred A (1922) and Ivor J P (1925), both in Lampeter.

Prior to the war Ivor was employed as an assistant motor driver with the British Petrol Company.  Following the war, he was employed by the Great Western Railway, firstly as engine driver and then as a fireman.

In 1939 Ivor and Nellie were living with their family at 1 Towy Villas, Old Station Road, Carmarthen.  Ivor was a railway locomotive fireman and Ivor J P was a clothiers shop assistant.  Ivor died in 1967 in Carmarthen, aged 70 years.

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