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Grandfather William Herbert Walker

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glyn Report 25 Apr 2013 19:01

I am trying to find out more about my Grandfather and his roots he was born approx. 1889 not sure where possibly Yorkshire,married my gran Louie Potter in Devonport Plymouth 1912 he died 1932 in Monmouthshire South Wales can anybody help? Glyn Walker


brummiejan Report 25 Apr 2013 19:03

Welcome to the boards Glyn.
I am guessing you do not have his marriage cert? If you do, please can you give all details from it. Ta.


brummiejan Report 25 Apr 2013 19:11

This is the only birth which fits for that year:

Births Jun 1888 (>99%)
WALKER William Herbert Sculcoates 9d 192

In passing!

1911 England Census
Name: Louie Potter
Age in 1911: 23
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1888
Relation to Head: Servant
Gender: Male
Birth Place: Chudleigh, Devon
Civil parish: Devonport
County/Island: Devon
Country: England
Street Address: 7 Clarendon Tce, Devonport
Marital Status: Single
Occupation: servant
Registration district: Devonport
Registration District Number: 278
Sub-registration district: Stoke
ED, institution, or vessel: 15
Household schedule number: 323
Piece: 13042
Household Members:
Name Age
Charles Howard Roberts 47
Kathleen Roberts 31
Louie Potter 23


brummiejan Report 25 Apr 2013 19:15

This is the above William, absolutely no idea if he is yours!

1911 England Census

Name: William Herbert Walker
Age in 1911: 23
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1888
Relation to Head: Son
Gender: Male
Birth Place: Hull, Yorkshire, England
Civil parish: Sculcoates
County/Island: Yorkshire-East Riding
Country: England
Street Address: 23 Egginton Street Hull
Marital Status: Single
Occupation: Engineer
Registration district: Sculcoates
Registration District Number: 521

Charles William Ingham 34
Florence Gertrude Ingham 36
Florence Ellen Ingham 10
Charles Ingham 7
William Arthur Ingham 2
Gertrude May Ingham 2
Edith Walker 33
Beatrice Alice Walker 29
William Herbert Walker 23
George Norrington Ekholm


Vicci Report 25 Apr 2013 19:22

Marriages Mar 1912 (>99%)
Walker William H Potter Devonport 5b 555

marriage certificate should give father's name and occupation


Vicci Report 25 Apr 2013 19:22

was he in the navy?


brummiejan Report 25 Apr 2013 19:29

There's this one too, but as Vicci says, without the marriage cert there is only the slimmest chance you will trace him, unless you have more info:

1911 England Census about William Walker
Name: William Walker
Age in 1911: 22
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1889
Gender: Male
Birth Place: Leith, Midlothian
Civil parish: Devonport
County/Island: Devon
Country: England
Street Address: H M S Jed, Dockyard Devonport
Marital Status: Single
Occupation: stoker
Registration district: Devonport
Registration District Number: 278
Sub-registration district: Tamar
ED, institution, or vessel: 15
Household schedule number: 22


MarieCeleste Report 25 Apr 2013 19:50

.. and then there's this one

LINSLEY, John Robert Head Married M 45 1866 Hind On Farm Yks Helperthorpe
LINSLEY, Mary Jane Wife Married19 years F 43 1868 Housework Yks Flambrough
LINSLEY, Ann Daughter Single F 19 1892 Yks Flambrough
LINSLEY, Frances Jane Daughter Single F 15 1896 Yks Flambrough
LINSLEY, Ada Elizabeth Daughter F 12 1899 Yorks Folkton
LINSLEY, James Arthur Son M 9 1902 Yorks Folkton
LINSLEY, Lillian Mary Daughter F 2 1909 Yorks Sherburn Wold
ANSLEBY, Herbert Servant Single M 25 1886 Waggoner On Farm Yorks Sledmear
>>>WALKER, William Herbert Servant Single M 23 1888 Labourer On Farm Yorks Searbrough
RICHARDSON, Arthur Thomas Servant Single M 20 1891 Labourer On Farm Yorks Thornton Dale

RG number: RG14 Piece: 28969
Reference: RG14PN28969 RG78PN1668 RD527 SD4 ED1 SN132
Registration District: Scarborough
Sub District: Sherburn
Enumeration District: 1
Parish: Sherburn

Address: The Wold Sherburn Er York County: Yorkshire (North riding)


HeyJudeB4Beatles Report 25 Apr 2013 20:12

I have four William Walker in my tree..................a very common name :-(


Vicci Report 25 Apr 2013 21:11

Plymouth and West Devon, Parish Registers
Name: Herbert Edward Walker
Event Type: Baptism
Event Date: 1914
Event Place: Devon
Birth Year (Estimated):
Spouse's Name:
Source Reference:
Digital Folder Number: 004634757
can't find any other info on the baptism

Name: Herbert E Walker
Mother's Maiden Name: Potter
Date of Registration: Jul-Aug-Sep 1914
Registration district: Devonport
Inferred County: Devon
Volume: 5b

others born in Newport

Births Dec 1918 (>99%)
Walker William E Potter Newton A. 5b 136
Births Dec 1921 (>99%)
Walker Cordelia I W Potter Newport M. 11a 608
Births Mar 1924 (>99%)
Walker Vernon R Potter Newport M 11a 588
Page: 615


glyn Report 27 Apr 2013 13:39

Thanks for all your replies about my Grandfather William Herbert Walker he was in the Navy and we believe he was adopted by the Van Leuven family when he was quite young I already had the info about Louie Potter and her address in 1911 sometime after they were married they went to live in Bedwas which was in Monmouthshire South Wales near Caerphilly,this is where my Dad was brought up you have found his name William Edwin Walker born NewtonAbbot S.Devon my aunty was Cordelia Walker and my Uncle wasVernon Walker,it is possible he could have been born in Leith but we did think he was possibly born in Halifax Yorkshire. Thanks for your replies Glyn Vernon WALKER


brummiejan Report 27 Apr 2013 14:05

So - has the above told you anything at all for definite? You need his marriage cert I think.


Vicci Report 27 Apr 2013 20:45

look at the national archives website

ADM 188/511/312116

Name Walker, William Herbert
Official Number: 312116
Place of Birth: Halifax, Yorkshire
Date of Birth: 01 May 1889

Held by:
The National Archives, Kew
Former references:
in its original department: Vol No. 312-1

Collection: Records of the Admiralty, Naval Forces, Royal Marines, Coastguard, and related bodies
Date range: 01 January 1907 - 31 December 1907
Reference:ADM 188/511/312116
Subjects:Armed Forces (General), Navy

the above is the closet match you can buy the record online


glyn Report 28 Apr 2013 11:54

thanks for your help vicci and others this seems like it could be him born Halifax 1889 on 1st May . I will investigate further when I return from my holiday I will look at the National Archives Glyn


MarieCeleste Report 22 May 2013 22:00

From new thread:

"Hello I am still trying to trace the history about my Fathers Father he was born in1889 we think in Halifax ,Yorkshire he was then we believe adopted by a Canadian family called Van Leuven from Hamilton,Ontario before joining the Navy .In1912 in Devonport,Devon he married my Gran Louie Walker nee Potter but we know nothing about his parents except it looks like his father was called John I got this from the Wedding Certificate can anybody help any more thanks Glyn Walker."


MarieCeleste Report 22 May 2013 22:01

Glyn, did you ever get the marriage certificate to see what it said re: his father's details?

EDIT: You can order the certificate from GRO, will cost £9.25

Working without it and making assumptions could mean you follow the wrong line.

EDIT: Just notice you said his father was John, so you obviously did get the cert. What was John's ocupation and who were the witnesses?


Reggie Report 22 May 2013 22:20


glyn Report 22 May 2013 22:45

Thanks for the reply Johns occupation was General Labourer and the witnesses were Evelyn Baker who was my Grans sister and somebody Charles sorry cant read the surname. Glyn


glyn Report 22 May 2013 22:50

Still need help Glyn

Mike *

Mike * Report 26 May 2013 21:56

Why did you start a new thread.?
Makes it difficult keep going from one to the other to see if same info has already been posted.