Mark Walker (British Army officer)

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Sir Mark Walker
Depiction of the battle of Inkerman
Born (1827-11-27)27 November 1827
Finea, County Westmeath, Ireland
Died 18 July 1902(1902-07-18) (aged 74)
Arlington Rectory, Devon, England
Buried Cheriton Road Cemetery, Folkestone
Allegiance United Kingdom
Service/branch British Army
Years of service 1846–1893
Rank General
Unit 30th Regiment of Foot
3rd Regiment of Foot
Battles/wars Crimean War
Second Opium War
Awards Victoria Cross
Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath
Order of the Medjidie, 5th Class (Ottoman Empire)
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 a British Army officer and an Irish recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces.

Early life[edit]

Walker was born in Gore Port, Finea, County Westmeath in Ireland, the son of Captain Alexander Walker and Elizabeth Elliott. His younger brother was Sir Samuel Walker, 1st Baronet QC, Liberal MP for Londonderry, Solicitor-General for Ireland, Attorney-General for Ireland and Lord Chancellor of Ireland.

Victoria Cross[edit]

During the Crimean War, Walker was a 26-year-old lieutenant in the 30th Regiment of Foot (later the East Lancashire Regiment) British Army when the deed for which he was awarded the VC was performed.

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.[1][2]

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.

Later life[edit]

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, and in 1861 he received the rank of lieutenant-colonel. Promotion to colonel followed in 1869, and from 1875-1879 he commanded a brigade in Madras, during which he was promoted to major-general in 1878. From 1883 to 1884 he was at Aldershot, then in command of a brigade at Gibraltar until 1888, when he was promoted lieutenant-general. He retired from the army with the rank of general in 1893, and was appointed a Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath.[3]

From 1900 until his death he was colonel of the Sherwood Foresters.

He died at Arlington, Devon, England on 18 July 1902.[3]

A memorial wall plaque honoring Sir Mark is found at Canterbury Cathedral.

Personal life[edit]

In 1881 Walker married Catherine Chichester.


  1. ^ "No. 22149". The London Gazette. 4 June 1857. p. 2756. 
  2. ^ National Army Museum Archived 20 August 2010 at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ a b "Obituary - General Sir Mark Walker, VC". The Times (36825). London. 21 July 1902. p. 6. 

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