Tribute to pipe band and its founder as 90th anniversary is celebrated

Alderman Gareth Wilson, centre front, with members and friends of the band.
Alderman Gareth Wilson, centre front, with members and friends of the band.

A reception has been held to mark the 90th year of the Sgt Walker Memorial Pipe Band and to commemorate 100 years since the death of the man it was named after.

Sgt Isaac Walker died on November 16, 1916 as a result of injuries sustained at the Battle of the Somme.

The reception at the Palace in Armagh was hosted by Alderman Gareth Wilson, standing in for Deputy Mayor Paul Greenfield.

He said, “To hear a member of Sgt Waker’s extended family read a tribute to him and learn a little of his bravery was very interesting and his plight at the Somme was certainly one which illustrates vividly the horrors and heroics of the battle.

“The band was formed as a lasting tribute to Sgt Walker and to see a band still thriving 90 years on is testament to the hard work, dedication and commitment of its members over the years.”

Sgt Walker was shot 11 times and lay in a shell hole on the battlefield for three days and nights until fellow soldiers could rescue him. He died in hospital as a result of his injuries.