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Joseph Walker

Born in 1901 Joseph Walker served in the Royal Navy as a Stoker and then Leading Stoker between 1919 and 1933. He was stationed in Malta for several years which accounts for some of the photographs below showing dockside scenes.He was invalided out of the Navy after 12 years service. He was later in hospital at Gobowen, Near Oswestry in Shropshire, for 2 years and subsequently had to wear a support in later life.

Joseph Walker
HMS Wolsey C1925   Joseph Walker's Naval Record shows he served on HMS Wolsey in early 1925. HMS Wolsey was launched on 16th March 1918 as the first RN ship to bear this name. Her Build was completed on 14th May 1918. After service with the Fleet during WW1 she was part of the 4th Destroyer Flotilla in the Atlantic Fleet and transferred to the Mediterranean before being placed in Reserve at Malta. The photo shows a group of local scouts enjoying on-board hospitality.
HMS Wolsey
HMS Wolsey Rating   The photo left shows an unknown rating from HMS Wolsey taken ashore in a local photographic studio probably in 1925.
Crewe Member HMS Wolsey
HMS Tiverton   In late 1927 Joseph Walker served on HMS Tiverton a twin screw minesweeper launched in 1918. This Walker family photo shows the ships company grouped around the forward gun turret.
HMS Tiverton
HMS Wren   Following his posting to HMS Wolsey Joseph Walker was transferred to HMS Wren, a V&W Class Destroyer launched on 11 November 1919. This Walker family photo shows two shipmates in a relaxed pose probably taken in Malta's Valetta Harbour around 1925.
Crewe Members HMS Wren
HMS Wren Rating   Obviously taken ashore in a local photographic studio this photo shows an unknown sailor from HMS Wren. Sadly Joseph Walker failed to write who the subject was on the reverse of the photo.
Crewe Member HMS Wren
Football team   A very battered photo from Joseph Walker's collection depicting his Navy Service shows a rather unruly football team posing for the camera. Probably the photo dates to around 1930.
Naval Football Team
HMS Walker   This photo would have been taken in 1923 when Joseph Walker, appropriately, served on HMS Walker. The ship was launched on 29th November 1917 and included facilities for use as a minelayer. She served briefly in WW1. After the Armistice she was deployed in the Baltic and was in action against Russian warships. In 1921 she was in 1st Destroyer Flotilla, Atlantic Fleet and went into Reserve after 1930.
HMS Walker
HMS Walker Gun   This appears to be the forward gun of HMS Walker taken on a day where the sea state looks to be very benign. Given her service in the Baltic and Atlantic this would almost certainly be a fairly rare event.
Gun HMS Walker
Arctic Convoy

This photograph from Joseph Walker's collection would appear to show HMS Walker enduring bitter winter winter conditions either in the Baltic or the Northern Atlantic. Ice was a major problem for ships sailing in these regions particularly in winter with the very real danger of a capsize if the weight of ice on the upper decks became too great.

HMS Walker
Thomas Griffith

My late father in law Thomas Griffith joined the Cheshire Regiment on 1st September 1914 at Chester (Private No 3847) and was subsequently posted to Bournemouth. In January 1915 he successfully applied to join the 25th Div Army Cycling Corp however his army career came to an end in May of the same year following a bout of Rheumatic Fever. He died at Chester in 1955.

Private Thomas Griffith
Frank Onions Senior

Frank Onions served as a Private in the Cheshire Regiment (Regimental Number 59967) and as a Private in the Labour Corps (Regimental Number 38677). Details from the Cheshire Military Museum of Frank Onion's World War 1 Service show that he had originally served  with the 22nd Battalion of the Cheshire Regiment before being transferred to the Labour Corps. When Regiment battalions were transferred to the Labour Corps the members of these battalions received new Army Service numbers. Number 38677 assigned to Frank Onions falls into the number allocated to the 65th Labour Company of the newly formed Labour Corps.

Frank Onions
Frank Onions Junior

The son of Frank Onions Senior (see above) Frank Onions joined the Royal Air Force on 16th February 1938 and served as an Ordnance Technician (No 549108). He was posted to the Middle East for 4 years and at the end of World War 2 awarded the 1939-45 Star, Africa Star, 1939-45 Defence and War medals. He left the service on 15th February 1950 as a Sergeant after 12 years service.

William Arthur Onions

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Frederick Walker enlisted as a Private in the 9th Battalion Royal Welsh Fusiliers (No 12590) during 1914 and was involved at the Battle of Loos in the latter part of 1915. He was severely injured in action and eventually taken prisoner by the Germans and imprisoned in East Prussia. His was an amazing story in that he suffered severe memory loss as a result of his injuries and mistreatment by the Germans. For reasons which are unclear he was not repatriated back to the UK until 1921 and was eventually discharged by the army in 1924. During this time his family had been told by the MOD that he had been killed in action on 15/9/15 and indeed there is an inscription on the Loos Memorial to this effect. They were not to see him again until 1953 when, still suffering from memory loss, they were reunited. After returning in 1953 he again lost contact with the family and never saw them again. The date of his death is not known.
A copy of the article in the Cheshire Observer describing his return home can be seen via the Press Cuttings Page.

WW1 Medal

The 1914-1915 Star medal pictured left seems fairly scant reward for the sufferings endured by by Frederick Walker described above. The medal was officially earned by those who saw service anywhere in the world before 31/12/1915.

Frederick Walker WW1 Medal
Joseph McMahon

Joseph Mcmahon was a Corporal in the 7th Battalion of the Cheshire Regiment (No 4126960) and was killed in Italy on 30th October 1943. An entry in the War Diary of the 7th Battalion Cheshire Regiment for 30th October 1943 reads;

"During the afternoon 10 pl of C Coy under command of 2 Northants was attacking Macchiagodena when it came under heavy mortar fire causing many casualties. Those suffered by 10 pl were Lieut H Morley, 4126860 Cpl McMahon J, 4134076 Pte Burgham G and 4127927 Pte Tydd V killed."

This was a double tragedy for his family in that his older brother Frederick McMahon (see below) was killed the previous year at El Alamein. Joseph's war medals, awarded posthumously, are pictured below.

Joseph McMahon
  The War diary entries referred to above relating to the action at Macchiagodena where Joseph McMahon was killed can be viewed by clicking on the thumbnail image left. The photos were kindly supplied by fellow researcher Julie Raper and permission for their inclusion here is credited to Acre Archive Research & Copying
Joseph McMahon Cheshire Regiment   Joseph McMahon is pictured here ( top right) with other soldiers of the Cheshire Regiment prior to his posting to the war front.
Cheshire Regiment
WW2 Medals

Top Medal; 1939-1945 Star earned for more than 6 months active service.

Second Medal; Africa Star earned for service in Eritrea, Abyssinia, Somaliland, Sudan, Egypt, Tunisia, Libya, Morocco, or Malta between 10/6/1940 and 12/5/1943.

Third Medal; Defence Medal earned for three years in a military or civilian support (ARP, Home Guard etc) uniform in the UK or 6 months in an overseas garrison.

Fourth Medal; 1939-45 War Medal earned for 28 days service in a military or civilian support uniform.

Joseph McMahon's WW2 Medals
CWG Headstone
  This picture shows Joseph McMahon's headstone at Cassino War Cemetery. There are 4,271 Commonwealth servicemen of the Second World War buried or commemorated at the War Cemetery. The picture was taken by Joseph McMahon's sister Annie Griffith (nee McMahon) who was in her 80's when she traveled to Italy to visit the CWG Cemetery.
CWG Headstone
Fred McMahon
Fred McMahon served as a Private in the 9th Battalion of the Durham Light Infantry (No 4460096) and was killed at El Alamein on 03 Nov 1942.The Durham Light Infantry was formed in 1881 from, The 68th. (Durham Light Infantry) Regiment (1st Battalion) & The 106th Bombay Light Infantry Regiment. (2nd Battalion). Nickname:- "The Faithful Durham's".

In WW1 The Regiment raised 42 Battalions. Officers & Men were awarded Six Victoria Crosses. The Regiment suffered 12,530 casualties. Fred's war medals, awarded posthumously, are pictured below.

WW! Medals

Top Medal; 1939-1945 Star earned for more than 6 months active service.

Second Medal; 1939-45 War Medal earned for 28 days service in a military or civilian support uniform.

Badge of the Durham Light Infantry

Fred McMahon's Medals
CWG Headstone
  This picture was taken by Frederick McMahon's sister, Annie Griffith (nee McMahon), who was in her 80's when she traveled to Egypt to visit the El Alamein CWG Cemetery. Fred and Annie were twins. The cemetery now contains 7,240 Commonwealth burials of the Second World War, of which 815 are unidentified. There are also 102 war graves of other nationalities. The Alamein Cremation Memorial, which stands in the south-eastern part of El Alamein War Cemetery, commemorates more than 600 men whose remains were cremated in Egypt and Libya during the war, in accordance with their faith.
CWG Headstone
Cheshire Regiment Band

Arthur Griffith (1900-1941) pictured 4th from the right at the rear of the Band of the Cheshire Regiment. The picture dates to around 1925.

William Paddy

This photograph shows William Paddy who was born in Coventry 19th November 1878 the son of Thomas Hyatt Paddy born Coventry 1839 and grandson of William Paddy my 3rd Gt Grandfather . William Paddy was employed as a pateller below ground (a miner) and later served his apprenticeship as a Shoemaker. He married Annie Selina Smith in 1900 and had 6 children. He enlisted in the 7th Royal Warwickshire regiment in 1914 and served in France from where he was discharged in May 1917. He continued to live in the Coventry area where his wife predeceased him in 1945. "Bill" died in March 1954.

Ted Holland
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Kinmel Camp PO
  This photo speaks for itself in that it clearly shows the staff of Kinmel Park Camp Post Office. This photograph would appear to date from the WW1 period.
Kinmel Camp Post Office c 1914-1918
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Chelsea Pensioner Doc #1
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John Charles McMahon
Chelsea Pensioner Doc #2

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