Extract from "British Commanders in the Transvaal War 1899-1900" published by W.D. & H.O. Wills Ltd:


Although not in the forefront of those whose names are daily the subject of public mention, is a fine example of the many able, consistent and experienced commanders to whom we owe so much. Born in 1844, he entered the Scots Guards at the age of eighteen, and afterwards served for a short term on the Personal Staff of Mauritius. Since then he has had a large and varied experience in South African warfare—in Griqualand, 1875, and throughout the Kaffir and Zulu Wars of 1877-79. A few years later Lieut-General 'Walker received Honourable Mention, and was made a C.M.G. in return for his services in Bechuanaland, under Sir Charles Warren. For nearly five years he held the position of Major-General in command of our force in Egypt.

At the outbreak of the present war, and on the formation of our Field Forces, General Walker was appointed to the charge of the line of communications, having only a few weeks previously arrived at the Cape from England to command our forces there. The reputation he had already gained for consistent care and thoroughness, together with his experience of the country, gave full assurance that the responsible and exacting duties entrusted to him would be efficiently executed, and subsequent events have proved that our confidence was not misplaced.

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