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Walker, Charles Pope

Charles Pope Walker:: We regret to notice the announcement of the death of Major C. Pope Walker from dysentery at Ladysmith on January 5th.

He was the youngest son of the late J.N. Walker of Bedford and was born in 1859. He obtained his medical education at Guy’ s Hospital. He became M.R.C.S. Eng. In 1883 and graduated M.B.Durh. in 1885. He took also the degree of M.S. and the L.S.Sc. in the same University.

In 1886 he entered the medical service of the army. In 1887 he went to India and was attached to an English regiment serving at Quetta and afterwards in the North-West and Central Provinces. In 1892 he returned to England and was then attached to the Guards in Ireland. In 1895 he went out to the Mauritius, where he remained until 1898, when he went to the Cape and afterwards to Natal. In November 1899, he proceeded with the troops to the front and had charge of the hospital at Dundee. He was present at the battle of Elandslaagte, afterwards retiring with the forces from Dundee to Ladysmith, where he rendered most valuable medical services. He obtained the rank of Major in July 1898. He married in 1895 the third daughter of the late Colonel W. Tamplin of Brighton. He was a keen, fearless, and most successful sportsman with big game, and during his Indian career he was noted for the number of tigers and bears which fell to his rifle. British Medical Journal 20 Jan. 1900

We regret to record the death of an old Guy’s man, Major Pope Walker at Ladysmith, from enteric fever. Major Walker entered th hospital in 1879, and qualified M.R.C.S. four years later. He then went into residence at Durham University where he obtained the M.B. and B.S., and also became Licentiate in Sanitary Science in 1885. A year later he entered the Army Medical Service, where he remained until his untimely death. Guy’s Hospital Gazette 3 Feb. 1900

Major Charles Pope Walker, M.B., Royal Army Medical Corps, died in Ladysmith on Jan. 5th, 1900. He was born in July, 1860, and was appointed to the Royal Army Medical Corps July. 1886, being promoted major July, 1898. Major Walker was serving in South Africa at the commencement of the war, and took part in the defence of Ladysmith up to the time of his death. The Last Post, Mildred Dooner



First name(s)Charles Pope
Date of birthJuly 1860
Place of birthBedford
Family detailsThe youngest son of the late J.N. Walker of Bedford. He gave his mother as Mrs Walker, 6 Stainton Road, Blackheath when he registered at Guy’ s in October 1879.
CollegeGuy's Hospital
Dates at college1879
QualificationsM.R.C.S. Eng in 1883. M.B. Durham in 1885. M.S. and L.S.Sc., Durham.
Military unitRoyal Army Medical Corps.
Date enlistedJuly 1886
War / conflictSecond Boer War (1899-1902)
Date of death05-Jan-00
Age at death39
Rank at deathMajor
Place of deathLadysmith
Cause of deathDysentery
Commemoration(s)Guy’ s Hospital Memorial
SourcesGuy’ s Hospital Medical School Records, King’ s College London Archives: British Medical Journal; The Last Post; Mildred Dooner

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