1. Walker, Keith Reid DSO, (Major, b.1917) 2. Walker, Ian William DSC, (Lieutenant, b.1919 - d.1942)

Accession Number PR00178
Collection type Private Record
Record type Collection
Measurement 3 items
Object type Letters
Date made 1941
Access Open
Related File This file can be copied or viewed via the Memorial’s Reading Room. AWM371 92/0045
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

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Letters written by the Walker brothers to their parents describing their involvement in battle of Crete. The letters detail the journey through Greece to Crete, the landing of German paratroopers, the battalion's withdrawal, the lack of heavy support and aeroplanes, being told to surrender but choosing to try and escape, escaping on a landing craft and spending many days at sea drifting, finding land, and being rescued. Ian Walker was killed in action in New Guinea on 5 December 1942. He was awarded a posthumous DSC (USA) by the President of the United States of America on 15 January 1943. Keith Walker was awarded a DSO in 1943.