Lieutenant-Colonel Francis Spring Walker, C.B.E., M.I.D.

Lieutenant-Colonel Francis Spring Walker served in the Royal Army Medical Corps
He was a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (Military). He was also entitled to the Queen’s South Africa Medal with the Orange Free State and Cape Colony clasps, the 1914 Star with clasp, the British War Medal and the Victory Medal .

He was born January 6th 1876 at Glanbehy, County of Kerry

April 5th, 1894: He is listed as a Midshipman on the Royal Navel Reserve List

July 29th, 1898: He received his diploma for Licentiate Midwifing from the Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland. He is listed as living at the Hurricane Lodge, Glenbeigh, and County of Kerry

April 25th, 1900: He was promoted Lieutenant in the Royal Army Medical Corps

June 18th: He sailed to South Africa (from the London Times) with the 9th General Hospital

November 14th: He embarked on the HMS Assaye. He had been invalidated. He arrived in South Hampton, United Kingdom on December 5th (from the London Times)

He served in India from 1902 to 1903

He was promoted Captain in April of 1903

He was sick from February 1904 and was back at his rank on October 19th, 1904. During that period he was probably sent back to United Kingdom.

He went back to India and served from 1905 to 1908.

March 29th, 1908: He was promoted Major and was stationed at the Magistrate Department Cantonment in India.

April 25th, 1912: He was promoted Major

September 13th, 1914: He disembarked in France with the 26th Field Ambulance (British Expeditionary Forces)

He was promoted the Assistant-Director of the 6th Division at some point during the war.

February 17th, 1915: He was Mentioned-in-Despatches for the first time.

August 3rd: He arrived on the Island of Malta from England

August 20th: He embarked on HMHS Valdivia and sailed for Mudros Harbour on the small Greek Island of Lemnos. At the time the Island of Mudros was used a rear medical base for the sick and wounded of the Gallipoli campaign. The number of casualties was so high Eastern Campaign, especially in the Dardanelles, that the British putted a lot of resources to help reduce the pressure on the medical units.

September 19th: He returned from the Island of Mudros to the Island of Malta.

January 5th, 1916: He sailed back to England.

December 26th, 1917: He was promoted Lieutenant-Colonel

May 30th 1919: He was awarded the Order of the British Empire (Commander level) for valuable service in connection with the war (London Gazette June 3rd)

July 10th: He was Mentioned-in-Despatches for a second time.

July 29th: He was Mentioned-in-Despatches for a third time. In a period of 5 months he was decorated three times for his valuable services in connection with the war. It is rare for someone to receive so many official recognitions in such a short period, although 1919 was the period to close the book for WW1 decoration.

September 9th: He applied for his 1914 Star

May 15th, 1920: He retired from the Army. He was again taken off strength for medical reasons from May 15th, 1920 until December 20th, 1920.

December 20th, 1922: he was taken off the Officer Reserve List and retired from pay

1927: He is listed as living at Woodquest, Crosshaven, County of Cork in the Medical Register. He lived there until his death in 1941.

June 24th 1941: He died Ripley Lodge Caragh Lake in Kerry County

He had one daughter named Marjorie Rose

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