Private Godfrey E Walker

24 Mar 1945

Godfrey Eric Walker was the son of Ernest and Annie Lillian Walker, of Ipswich, Suffolk, he enlisted in the General Service Corps and volunteered for airborne forces.

Private Walker successfully completed parachute training at RAF Ringway on course number 150B from 24 January to 8 February 1945. His course report stated “Average performer, best pupil in section, cheerful and confident”. He was posted to 13th (2/4th Battalion The South Lancashire Regiment) Battalion, the Parachute Regiment, and took part in Operation Varsity (Rhine Crossing).

Pte Walker was killed in action on 24 March 1945, aged 19, whilst taking part in the daylight parachute drop into Germany as part of the Rhine Crossing during operation Varsity and was given a field burial at Hamminkeln, Germany and was re-interred to Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Germany, on 12 November 1946.

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