Mark Walker (VC)
|Sir Mark Walker|
Depiction of the battle of Inkerman
|Born||Finea, County Westmeath, Ireland|
|Died||Arlington Rectory, Devon|
|Buried at||Cheriton Road Cemetery, Folkestone|
|Years of service||1846-1893|
|Unit||30th Regiment of Foot
3rd Regiment of Foot
Second Anglo-Chinese War
Order of the Bath
|Relations||Sir Samuel Walker, 1st Baronet|
|Other work||Honorary Colonel of the Sherwood Foresters|
General Sir Mark Walker VC KCB (24 November 1827 – 18 July 1902) was born in Gore Port, Finea, County Westmeath in Ireland, son of Captain Alexander Walker and Elizabeth Elliott. He was an Irish recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces.
On 5 November 1854 at Inkerman, Crimea, Lieutenant Walker jumped over a wall in the face of two battalions of Russian Infantry which were marching towards it. This act was to encourage the men, by example, to advance against such odds - which they did and succeeded in driving back both battalions.
His Victoria Cross was until recently on display at The Buffs Regimental Museum, Canterbury, England. With the rest of that museum's collections, it has now been transferred to the National Army Museum, where it is not currently on display.
He was wounded by a howitzer shell during his service in the Crimea which resulted in the amputation of his right arm. He served through the Second Anglo-Chinese War of 1860 as Brigade Major. In 1881 Walker married Catherine Chichester.
A memorial wall plaque honoring Sir Mark is found at Canterbury Cathedral.
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