John Walker (officer of arms)

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John Riddell Bromhead Walker, CVO, MC (21 June 1913 – 9 September 1984) was a soldier and long-serving English officer of arms at the College of Arms in London.

Following graduation from Royal Military College, Sandhurst,[1] he was commissioned a Second Lieutenant on 2 February 1933.[2] He was appointed to the British Indian Army and the 1st battalion 11th Sikh Regiment on 4 March 1934.[3] He was promoted to Lieutenant on 2 May 1935.[4] As an Acting Major with the 11th Sikh Regiment, he was awarded the Military Cross in the London Gazette 18 May 1944 for Burma. He was promoted to Major on 1 July 1946.[5] He retired on 31 December 1947 and was granted the rank of honorary Lieutenant-Colonel.[6] In 1949, he was transferred to the reserve list of the York and Lancaster Regiment.[7]

His heraldic career began on 15 October 1947 when he was appointed Rouge Croix Pursuivant of Arms in Ordinary.[8] He held this position until 1954 when he was promoted to the office of Lancaster Herald of Arms in Ordinary to replace Archibald George Blomefield Russell, who had been advanced to the position of Clarenceux King of Arms. In 1968, Walker was advanced to this same office on the death of Sir John Dunamace Heaton-Armstrong.[9] Walker served as Clarenceux for ten years until his retirement in 1978. He died in 1984 and was buried in the Church of St Benet Paul's Wharf, which has been the religious home of the officers of arms since 1555.

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  1. ^ "no. 33908". The London Gazette. 3 February 1933. pp. 742–744. Retrieved 2007-12-17. 
  2. ^ "no. 34087". The London Gazette. 14 September 1934. pp. 5839–5840. Retrieved 2007-12-17. 
  3. ^ Indian Army List January 1935
  4. ^ "no. 34173". The London Gazette. 21 June 1935. p. 4012. Retrieved 2007-12-17. 
  5. ^ "no. 38069". The London Gazette. 12 September 1947. pp. 4286–4287. Retrieved 2007-12-17. 
  6. ^ "no. 38173". The London Gazette. 9 January 1948. p. 213. Retrieved 2007-12-17. 
  7. ^ "(Supplement) no. 38737". The London Gazette. 18 October 1949. p. 4948. Retrieved 2007-12-17. 
  8. ^ "no. 38106". The London Gazette. 24 October 1947. p. 5019. Retrieved 2007-12-17. 
  9. ^ "no. 44755". The London Gazette. 31 December 1968. p. 13920. Retrieved 2007-12-17.