Roll of Honour


William Andrew Walker


William Andrew Walker was born on 3rd March 1897. The family lived in Cardonald at the time he came to study medicine at the University of Glasgow. He graduated MB ChB in April 1918, following in the footsteps of his elder brother George, who qualified in 1915.

Memorial chapel at the University of Glasgow
The Memorial Chapel at the University of Glasgow

William began his working life after graduation in the Eastern District Hospital in Glasgow’s Duke Street, but not for long. The royal summons appointing him as a Lieutenant in the Royal Army Medical Corps was dated 17th May 1918, just six weeks after his degree was awarded.

He was shipped out on the HMAT Glengorm Castle via the Dardenelles to Batoum on the eastern shore of the Black Sea, in Southern Russia, where the army was protecting oil pipelines. This young Glasgow doctor brought back not only a postcard collection to remind him of the sights of Constantinople and the Bosporus but some experiences which made a lasting impression.

He had been given a week’s horse-riding training before he left Scotland, as travel between the battalions was only possible on horseback. Riding along a railway line in Russia he met a train coming in the opposite direction and was thrown by the bolting horse. He survived but remained wary of horses thereafter. He was also profoundly affected by the drunkenness of the troops and became a strong opponent of alcohol for the rest of his life.

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