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."
Sergeant George Alfred Walden with Sergeant Clarke
and Lieutenant Frank de Mouilpied Lainé
Picture courtesy of Mrs F. O'Sullivan