Richard Walker Age 23 British Armed For Memorial To The Fallen Sapper Richard Walker 23 Corps of Royal Engineers Monday 7 January 2013 ________________________ Sapper Walker was shot in an apparent ‘insider attack’ by a member of the Afghan National Army ANA at Patrol Base Hazrat in the Nahr-e Saraj district of Helmand province on Monday 7 January 2013 He was working on a construction task with other military engineers from his Troop as part of the preparations to hand the camp over to Afghan security forces when the Afghan soldier turned his weapon on ANA and ISAF soldiers at the base The incident resulted in a number of casualties all of whom were extracted to the Bastion Role 3 medical facility where Sapper Walker was pronounced dead Sapper Richard Walker was born on 7 February 1989 in Leeds He worked as a technician for Vauxhall before joining the Army in July 2008 Upon joining the Royal Engineers he completed his basic training at the Army Training Regiment Bassingbourn before moving on to Gibraltar Barracks Minley where he completed his Phase Two Combat Engineer Training He then moved to the Defence School of Transport Leconfield where he completed his trade training to become a driver He joined his first unit 28 Engineer Regiment in Hameln Germany in September 2009 deploying with them to Canada and then Kenya on major exercises His Troop from 42 Field Squadron was attached to 73 Armoured Engineer Squadron 73 AES based in Ripon North Yorkshire for Operation Herrick 17 His Troop joined 73 AES in August 2012 and deployed with the Squadron to Afghanistan at the start of September as part of the Task Force Helmand Engineer Group Sapper Walker was a valued member of 73 AES and deployed on every single Troop task He was a popular and well respected member of his Troop and upon joining the Squadron he quickly gained friends across the spectrum of ranks a testament to his likeable character and willingness to join in An avid football fan Sapper Walker represented his Regiment at football and spent endless hours in the gym He even managed to spend some time trying to learn to play the guitar albeit one chord at a time Above all he was a devoted father and would talk for hours on end about his love for his daughter Lilly-Faith who sadly he only knew for 18 months before his deployment Sapper Walker was destined to go on to greater things – his willingness to learn unswerving sense of duty and personal motivation to pursue a successful career would have seen him progress far Above all he will be remembered for his charisma and team spirit a true all-rounder his loss will be felt for years to come Sapper Walker’s family paid the following tribute to their son and brother Richard held two things close to his heart – his daughter and his colleagues in the Army A proud patriotic man he died doing a job he loved supporting his friends Lieutenant Colonel Chas Story RE Commanding Officer 28 Engineer Regiment said Sapper Walker was the epitome of a true Sapper one who would roll up his sleeves and get on with the task in hand no matter what but importantly he would do it with great humour He made sure that he made the most of every opportunity both in the Army and at home it is without doubt that he had a lot to offer and a bright future He was hugely respected as a fit professional soldier with a massive character This was his first tour of Afghanistan but anyone would have thought he was a seasoned expert such was his ability and professionalism Our thoughts and prayers are with his family including his young daughter Lilly-Faith at this very difficult time Lieutenant Colonel Jack Nicholson RE Commanding Officer 21 Engineer Regiment said In the short time that Sapper Walker served with my Regiment he struck me as being a driven young man full of ambition and oozing with professional pride and confidence An outstanding soldier in the best traditions of The Corps of Royal Engineers he made an immediate impact on all those who had the privilege of serving alongside him Although on his first operational tour he acted like a veteran of many years’ experience and clearly relished the challenges he faced with his Troop in Afghanistan Hard working and utterly loyal to his mates he was a real character who had established himself as a man of action within his adopted Squadron His tragic loss has stunned the whole Engineer Group and we are all trying desperately to come to terms with this awful event Our heartfelt condolences are with his family and friends at this terrible time most especially his young daughter Lilly-Faith Major Chloe Plimmer RE Officer Commanding 73 Armoured Engineer Squadron 21 Engineer Regiment said I first met Sapper Walker when he arrived with his Troop to join our Squadron for the forthcoming deployment to Afghanistan He immediately struck me as a very likeable character a polite and motivated young soldier who was very keen to deploy on his first operational tour He saw it as the culmination of all his training and was excited about the prospect of operational service Over the initial months spent in theatre Sapper Walker was a key member of his Troop and was crucial to facilitating every task that they undertook he had the skill-set to operate a number of critical vehicles His enthusiasm for his role and the success that the Troop achieved during this time were undoubtedly testament to his professionalism always keen to be involved he would give his best at all times even when under considerable pressure Whenever I saw Sapper Walker he always made a point of saying ‘hello’ and I felt that I got to know him better than many other soldiers in the Squadron I never once doubted his motivation and he always said he was ‘living the dream’ He was a bright cheerful fun soldier who was relishing the challenge We in 73 Armoured Engineer Squadron have been hugely privileged to have Sapper Walker’s Troop attached to us and as an individual he was a shining example to all ranks across the board His positive attitude and excellent performance ensured that he was seen as one of our own and our heartfelt sympathies go out to all of those in his Troop and also his friends and colleagues in 42 Field Support Squadron and 28 Engineer Regiment back in Germany He was one of the very best and we are all left feeling hollow and saddened by his loss To his family there are no amount of words that can reduce the pain of losing such a brave son brother and doting father to Lilly-Faith Our deepest condolences are with them at this extremely difficult time Lieutenant Brad Southall RE Support Troop Commander 42 Field Squadron 28 Engineer Regiment said Sapper Walker was a shining star When I took command of my troop I was struck by his charisma his devotion to duty and his immense capability he was the older brother whom everyone looked up to To his friends he was hugely loyal and he was headstrong too I could discuss tasks with him at length but he would always end up doing things his way he was so determined I began to accept that over time it was his view that counted and I learned to trust him immeasurably He was passionate and committed to his work – a consummate professional He died doing the job he loved and I am proud to have served alongside him a fellow Sapper He spoke often of his daughter Lilly-Faith and was a proud and devoted father My thoughts and condolences are with his family and friends at this most tragic time The Regiment has lost one of its best men Staff Sergeant Sean Eaton 8 Troop 42 Field Squadron 28 Engineer Regiment said I have had the privilege of knowing Sapper Richie Walker for well over a year now Firstly in my Troop in Kenya last year and now on Operation Herrick 17 Sapper Walker was a character and always present to give a small quip when required As a soldier he remained professional in all that was asked of him He had started a physical training regime with the aspiration to box on return from Afghanistan Sapper Walker has a young daughter Lilly-Faith who was never far from his mind He would often speak about her with everyone I only knew Richie for a short time but he has left a lasting impression on me and will never be forgotten My thoughts go out to his family at this difficult time Lance Corporal Terry Burke 8 Troop 42 Field Squadron 28 Engineer Regiment said I’ve have had the privilege of knowing Richie since he joined 28 Engineer Regiment through the Regimental Football Team However I really got to know him throughout the last year when I joined his Troop in 42 Squadron back in Hameln I class Richie as a close friend who was always there with a smile on his face especially when he was talking about his daughter Lilly-Faith he was a very proud dad I had only spoken to him on 3 January 2013 while on R&R and he told me how much he had enjoyed spending time with his daughter at the beginning of December As well as being in the next bed space to me out here we tended to go the gym together where Richie was keen on getting the perfect six-pack All of the lads that have ever met Richie know what a great friend he was He will be sorely missed All our thoughts are with his daughter Lilly-Faith at this sad time Sapper Liam Ballantyne 8 Troop 42 Field Squadron 28 Engineer Regiment said I first met Richie in October 2009 when I joined 42 Field Squadron I was allocated a bed space in the same room and we hit it off as friends immediately Richie was always willing to assist me with anything that I needed having come straight from Training Regiment myself It was clear to me from the start that he was an extremely caring and thoughtful individual to all around him and he immediately became a very loyal friend We would have done anything for each other Over the years we visited each other in our home towns and we got to know each other’s families during these visits We enjoyed some great times and his family always extended their greatest hospitality to me whenever I stayed Richie was a devoted father who would have done anything for his daughter Lilly-Faith He never stopped talking about her wherever we were I even remember being on stag in the Kenyan bush with him and all he could talk about was his daughter despite the ever present threat of lions roaming close by Richie you were a truly wonderful person and that is why people were naturally drawn towards you as a friend You were a true brother to me you will never be forgotten and you will be sadly missed by all who knew you Sapper Matthew Cunningham 8 Troop 42 Field Squadron 28 Engineer Regiment said Sapper Richie ‘Guns’ Walker – comrade friend father and much-loved son I knew Richie for 3 years and was privileged to be able to call him my best mate He was thoughtful funny and a big character in any group he found himself amongst but he always put others first He was very wise and mature for such a young lad I have so many good memories from over the last three years but the one that stands out the most for me was the day that he christened his daughter Lilly-Faith He was so proud of her that day I remember him standing that extra inch taller and his smile beaming more than usual You will be sorely missed brother gone but never forgotten until we meet again at the bar in the sky… RIP From all members of 8 Troop 42 Field Squadron 28 Engineer Regiment We had the privilege of knowing and working with Richie from the start of Operation Herrick 17 In this time we have found out that he is a joy to work with plus an amiable character amongst the Troop Richie was always talking about his daughter Lilly-Faith and from this you could tell he was a devoted father and loved his little Princess He was a top bloke and our condolences go out to his family he will be sorely missed by all who were fortunate enough to have known him Secretary of State for Defence Philip Hammond said I was deeply saddened to learn of the death of Sapper Richard Walker The tributes of his colleagues speak of a popular committed soldier who was devoted to his unit and a dedicated family man I send my deepest condolences to his family and loved ones at this sad time Meme

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