Ralph Walker

Bank: Williams Deacon's Bank

Place of work: London Branch

Died: 8 July 1943


Ralph Edward Walker was born in Hertfordshire in 1920, the son of Edward John Walker and his wife Cecelia. He worked for Williams Deacon's Bank. 


During the Second World War Walker left his job at the bank's London branch to go on military service, becoming a pilot in the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. He initially flew Hudsons and later Spitfires. He was awarded the DFM, in the citation for which it was noted, 'he can be relied upon to obtain results whenever humanly possible. He is untiring in his work and sets a magnificent example to the whole unit.'


On 8 July 1943 Flight Lieutenant Walker failed to return from an afternoon sortie over Sicily and Southern Italy, and was later declared missing, presumed killed. He was 23 years old.


Ralph Walker is commemorated on a bank war memorial at Hardman Boulevard office, Manchester.

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