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Allan Mackie Garnock Walker (1875-1925)

Medical Officer of 18th Voluntary Aid Detachment Hospital, Hebburn

Allan Walker was born the son of a Scottish Surgeon, Allan senior, in Seaton Burn. He appears to have studied in Scotland and then served as a civil surgeon with the Royal Army Medical Corps during the Boer War. His records tell that he worked in the 26th British Field Hospital which was linked to the 1st Dragoon Guards.

On returning to England, Allan married Isabella Sheilds. Isabella had been a nurse in Sunderland and would probably have helped Allan in building his Hebburn practice. As well as running his own business Allan dedicated 15 years (Jarrow Express, 25 May 1917) to developing the Saint John’s Ambulance Brigade in the area.

During the First World War he served as medical officer and commandant alongside his wife, Isabella, at Hebburn Hall hospital.

Allan died a wealthy man and was buried in North Gosforth Cemetery, the site marked with an impressive marble memorial.

Civil Parish: Hebburn

Birth date: 29-Aug-1875

Death date: 30-Nov-1925

Armed force/civilian: Civilian

Residence: Inglewood, Elmfield Park, Gosforth (Probate Calendar)
Glengarnock, 20 Victoria Road East, Hebburn (Probate Calendar, VAD Record Card, 1911 census and Kelly’s Directory 1914)
The Villa, Seaton Burn, Northumberland (1891 census)

Organisation membership: LRCP & S Edin
LFP & S Glas (Kelly’s directory 1914)
Associate of Order Saint John’s Ambulance Brigade (Jarrow Express, 25 May 1917)

Family: Parents: Allan Walker, Julia M Walker
Siblings: William L W Walker, Annie G V Walker, Helen M Walker, Norman B Walker, John W Walker, Leslie H Walker
Wife: Isabella Shields
Son: William Walker + one (1911 census)

Medal(s): south African Medal with three Bars
Kings Coronation Medal

Gender: Male

Contributed by Durham at War Team

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