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Bat­tle of Ypres, which re­sulted in his reg­i­ment los­ing nearly 500 men.

It is likely that all seven died dur­ing the Sec­ond Bat­tle of Ypres (April-May 1915).

Dur­ing a planned ar­chae­o­log­i­cal dig on the west­ern side of the vil­lage of St Julien in April 2016, hu­man re­mains and arte­facts dat­ing from World War One were dis­cov­ered.

Capt Walker and the six un­known sol­diers were found amongst a to­tal of 38 ca­su­al­ties from var­i­ous na­tion­al­i­ties.

He was found with a coin holder, binoc­u­lar com­po­nents and leather cas­ing bear­ing the ini­tials ‘HJIW,’ plus a Royal War­wick­shire Reg­i­ment cap badge and shoul­der ti­tle.

Fam­ily mem­bers who paid their re­spects to Capt Walker in­cluded his great neph­ews, Al­lan and Alis­tair Innes-Walker, who trav­elled from New Zealand and Aus­tralia re­spec­tively.

Al­lan said: Innes-Walker said: “Ac­cord­ing to his men, Jack’s last words were ‘Come on lads’ as he raised his re­volver and led his com­pany to­wards Ger­man lines and heavy fire.

“His discovery and burial are a once-in-a-life­time op­por­tu­nity for my chil­dren to con­nect to a fam­ily mem­ber and a dev­as­tat­ing his­tory – an un­ex­pected and in­spir­ing legacy.” and their mem­ory with ded­i­ca­tion, forever.”

Cur­rent mem­bers of the 1 Bat­tal­ion The Royal Reg­i­ment of Fusiliers pro­vided the bearer party.

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