- Place of Use Continent - North America, Country - Canada
- Category Communication artifacts
- Sub-category Personal symbol
- Department Arms and Technology
- Museum CWM
- Earliest 1919/12/01
- Latest 1919/12/31
- Inscription 472191 SGT. R.P. WALKER
- Materials Sterling silver, Silkworm silk
- Rank Sergeant
- Service Component Canadian Expeditionary Force
- Unit 46th Canadian Infantry Battalion
- Person / Institution Subject, Walker, Sergeant Reuben Purves
- Measurements Length 38.5 cm, Width 3.1 cm, Thickness 0.2 cm
- Caption Rueben Purves WALKER
- Additional Information Born in Liverpool, England in 1892, Walker, a farmer, was attested in July 1915 with the 65th Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force (CEF), but was granted "harvest leave" from August to October 1915. He proceeded to Le Havre, France, in August 1916 and was promoted to sergeant in the field in October. He was killed in action at Vimy Ridge on 10 April 1917.
- Caption Medals Project- Walker, Reuben Purves
Reuben Purves Walker was born in Liverpool, England, on 24 October 1893. He immigrated to Canada in 1910.
A farmer, Walker enlisted in the 65th Canadian Infantry Battalion (Saskatchewan) in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, on 22 July 1915. After enlisting, he was granted leave to work on the harvest from 17 August to 15 October 1915. In December 1915, Walker was made an acting corporal at Camp Borden, in Ontario.
Walker left for England with his unit aboard SS Empress of Britain on 18 June 1916 and arrived at his destination 10 days later. While in England, he was transferred to the 46th Canadian Infantry Battalion (South Saskatchewan) and confirmed as a lance corporal. He proceeded to France on 10 August 1916 and was promoted to sergeant two months later.
Walker was killed in action on 10 April 1917, during the Battle of Vimy Ridge. He was hastily buried on the northeast slope of the ridge, and his body was later lost.
Reuben Purves Walker is commemorated on the Canadian National Vimy Memorial, on Vimy Ridge, in France.