Of the several hundred soldiers recorded in the Norfolk Photographic Survey, Samuel Walker must have been among the first to volunteer for service at the start of hostilities. The label on the back of his portrait records that he enlisted on the 6th August 1914, only two short days after war was declared. Samuel was born to John and Jane Walker of Camberley Road, Norwich (St Martin-at-Oak parish). He joined the 9th (Highland) Royal Scots Regiment but his army career was to last less than a year, as he died from wounds received during the Second Battle of Ypres on April 27th 1915. He is buried in Bailleul Cemetery, France.
The war portraits survey records many Norfolk men who served in the First World War and is held at the Norfolk Heritage Centre. To see more of these portraits online, visit Picture Norfolk www.picture.norfolk.gov.uk and enter the search term “soldiers”.