Grand­son’s trib­ute to hero rel­a­tive

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e a Re­mem­brance arade and ser­vice at en Memo­rial Park. The pa­rade will leave or­den So­cial Wel­fare Cen­tre at 10.30am for the ser­vice in the park.

Fol­low­ing the ser­vice Hor­den Wel­fare Cen­tre will beopen­for­refresh­ments­from 11.30am.

Hor­den Memo­rial Park will also hold a Bea­con Light­ing Ser­vice and Ring­ing Out For Peace event, start­ing at 7pm on Sun­day. A proud grand­son has paid trib­ute to a Wear­side war hero who made it home af­ter the blood­i­est global con­flict in his­tory.

John Walker, a Sun­der­land man through and through, had known Army life since he was 16.

Ahead of Re­mem­brance Sun­day, grand­son David Richard­son de­scribed the man, who was a mem­ber of the 37th Ma­chine Guns Divi­sion when he be­came a hero at Ros­sig­nol Wood, Bel­gium just months be­fore the First World War ended.

John, born in 1898, was wounded ear­lier in bat­tle when he was shot. He still had a bul­let lodged in his arm when he fought back valiantly against a strong en­emy and over­came the foe.

“He was awarded the Mil­i­tary Cross for his brav­ery,” said David.

The ci­ta­tion read: “The Field Mar­shall, Com­mand­ing in Chief, has un­der au­thor­ity granted by his Majesty The King, awarded the fol­low­ing dec­o­ra­tion to the un­der­men­tioned.”

David told how his grandad con­tin­ued to play a part in Forces life long af­ter the war.

“He also used to lead the pro­ces­sion in Sun­der­land ev­ery Re­mem­brance Sun­day,” said David.”

John Walker.

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