Joseph Alexander Walker

Paul R. Hughes

Royal Flying Corps 

Born: 26 March 1897

Alec was born in Campden, the son of Joseph and Elizabeth Walker of Berrington Mill. His father, a native of Long Compton, was a farmer and miller by trade, and came to Campden before the 1881 census was compiled. Alec’s mother was from Marchington, near Uttoxeter in Staffordshire, and her maiden name was Deaville.

Alec was educated at Campden Grammar School and during the war he served in the Royal Flying Corps. The 1918 electoral roll lists him as absent on military service.

Fred Coldicott mentions Alec in his book Memories of an Old Campdonian when he wanted to build his own wireless:

When it came to soldering some of the connections we had to get Alec Walker to do that for us. He was the son of the late “Sloshy” Walker from Berrington Mill, but was living with his mother next door to Jess Taylor’s photographic shop near the Lygon Arms. He was very clever and talented with anything to do with the wireless or electrics. I remember he built a very powerful wireless once, took it up to Dover’s Hill to test it and you could hear it quite plainly down in Campden. I think one of the large radio companies gave him a job in their laboratories and he left Campden.” 

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