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Bourne Park

The picture on the right, shows Sgt Geo A Walden with Sgt Clarke and Lieutenant F de M Lainé at Bourne Park Camp near Canterbury in 1917. Sgt Walden served with the RIR as 3358 Lance Corporal Walden, before transferring to the RGLI on its formation. Here he served as 572 Sgt Walden, and was wounded on 20 November 1917 at Cambrai, and invalided to England on 30 December 1917, barely 6 months after this photograph was taken.


The Kentish Gazette of October 6 1917 carries an article entitled "Decoration for a Guernsey Man". It goes on to say that, "An interesting presentation was made at the camp of the Guernsey Battalion, near Canterbury, a few days ago, the Military Medal being presented to Sergt George Alfred Walden by Major-General the Hon C E Bingham, commanding the 67th Division. The investiture took place at a parade of the Battalion. Sergt Walden (then a Lance-Corp) was awarded the medal for his gallantry while serving with the Royal Irish Regiment."

Sgt Walden with Sgt Clarke and Lieutenant F de M Lainé

Sergeant George Alfred Walden with Sergeant Clarke and Lieutenant Frank de Mouilpied Lainé

Picture courtesy of Mrs F. O'Sullivan