Roll of Honour

Roll of Honour

Inkster, Walter

Rank: 2nd Lieutenant

Regiment: 4th Battalion Gordon Highlanders

Biography: Son of James Inkster, shipmaster. Born Aberdeen, 27 February 1890; educated Ashley Road School and Aberdeen Grammar School. In 1908 he went to the University with a good record both in work and athletics, graduated M.A., 1911; and after taking his B.Sc. in Agriculture, 1912, went to work for the Potash Syndicate in Germany. In December 1913 a good appointment in Australia was offered to him, and the outbreak of war found him beginning his career there. By 8 March 1915 he was back in Scotland and a Private in the 4th Gordons; in April he received a commission in the same Battalion; and in May crossed to France. A few months later he came home on leave, and a week after rejoining his Battalion, he fell at Hooge, in the terrible days of fighting of September 1915. At first reported " wounded and missing," there was little doubt that he had died of wounds received in action on or about the 25th of the month. Full of spirit and gaiety, cheerfully ready for any contingency and any adventure, with a humour as quick of expression in the art of caricature as in speech, courageous and lovable, he was a friend whose place can never be filled to the many who cared for and counted upon him.

Date of Death: 25 September 1915

Burial Details: Name recorded on the Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres, Panel 38, Column 3.

Publication: Roll of Service, edited by Mabel Desborough Allardyce. Published 1921.

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