Donald Frederick Walker
August 15, 1912, Wandsworth Common, London
June 18, 1941, flying 2 km north of Best, Holland, (aged 28y 307d)
Left hand Bat
King's College School, Wimbledon
Flight-Lieut. Donald Frederick Walker, RAFVR, who was killed during a flight over Germany on the night of June 17 and buried in Holland, was one of Hampshire's most promising batsmen. Born on August 15, 1912, he went to King's College School, Wimbledon, where he developed into a very good cricketer. A left-handed batsman, he averaged 30.62 in 1928 and in his last year he headed the batting with 23.20, besides proving useful with the ball. A brilliant fieldsman, he also could keep wicket. He was good enough for a trial in the Surrey second eleven in 1933, but his home was at Bournemouth and, having attracted attention by scoring a thousand runs and taking a hundred wickets one season in club cricket, he was persuaded to turn professional and joined the Hampshire staff. Playing first for the County in 1937, he soon showed his skill, and took part in a record fifth-wicket stand for Hampshire, 235 being added in company with G. Hill, who also got his first hundred in county cricket. Altogether that season Walker scored 847 runs, and next year he made 925. He surpassed this in 1939 with 1,117 runs, including three centuries; average 29.39. Only Arnold and Bailey were above him. Sound in defence, with unlimited patience, Walker brought off good strokes all round the wicket and generally gave every indication of a successful career. A strong Rugby football player, he captained the Dorset County team and also captained an R.A.F. side. This Walker of Hampshire must not be confused with David Frank Walker, who went to Uppingham, got his Blue as a Freshman, captained Oxford University in 1935, and was prominent in the Norfolk County XI. He was reported missing in March, 1942.
Wisden Cricketers' Almanack
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