Prominent Second World War veteran passes

Harry Walker was very active in Royal Canadian Legion

Darrell Cole
Published on January 7, 2014
Harry Walker who was very active with the Amherst branch of the Royal Canadian Legion, has died. He was 90. Walker is shown looking at a photo of himself in uniform in this December 2008 photo.

Harry Walker who was very active with the Amherst branch of the Royal Canadian Legion, has died. He was 90.

AMHERST – Another veteran of the Second World War has lost his battle to time.

Harry Walker, 90, died Tuesday at the Colchester East Hants Regional Hospital in Truro.

Walker served in Europe with the 8th Canadian Hussars Tank Regiment in Italy and southern France before being transferred to northwest Europe and participating in the liberation of Belgium and Holland in 1945.

Walker was born in Sussex, N.B. in 1923 and moved to Amherst in 1936 at age 13.

In 1940, he joined the army, going to Sussex where he was assigned to the New Brunswick Rangers.

He was later reassigned to Hussars.

In December 2008, Walker shared his experiences about spending Christmas in Italy during the 1943 Battle of Ortona. He said Christmas Day was like any other day at the front.

“It was hard, I supposed,” Walker said in the interview. “By that time I had been away from home for several years, but I still thought about my family and what they were doing. It’s not like today where you could pick up a phone and call and even then a letter took some time to get home.”

Walker would serve in Bloody Ortona before serving on the Gustav and Hitler lines and Monte Cassino. He would later cross over into southern France before heading for the campaign in northwest Europe.

He returned to Amherst after the war and worked at Dunlap Hardware Ltd., retiring in 1987. He played golf and curled, was a member of Amherst First Baptist Church and was very active in Branch 10 of the Royal Canadian Legion in Amherst.

There is no visitation by request. A memorial service is planned for Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Furlong-Jones Funeral Home. Burial will be in the spring in the Northport Cemetery.

Donations can be made to the Canadian Cancer Society or charity of your choice.