Birth: 25 May 1764

Place or Registered Place of Birth: Bushey Hall, Hertfordshire

Baptism: 22 June 1764

Place of Baptism: St. Mary, Cowes, Hampshire (I.O.W.)

Death: 14 November 1842 - Aged 78

Place or Registered Place of Death: Royal Hospital, Chelsea, London

Father: Major Nathaniel Walker (1740-1780)

Mother: Henrietta Bagster (1746-1829)


1. Anna Allen (-1814)

2. Helen Eliza Caldcleugh

Date of Marriage:

1. Not Known

2. 15 August 1820

Place or Registered Place of Marriage:

1. Not Known

2. New Church, St. Marylebone, London


Marriage to Anna Allen:

Anna Louisa Walker (-1827)
Harriet Eliza Walker (-1870)

Marriage to Helen Eliza Caldcleugh:

George Ferdinand Radzivill (Forestier) Walker (1825-1896)
George Frederick Arthur Walker (1827-1845)
Maj.-Gen. George Edmund Lushington Walker (1828-1893)
Anne Matilda Catherine Walker (1831-1901) Twin
Helen Louise Adelaide Walker (1831-1903) Twin
George Albert Augustus Walker (1834-1881)


The European Magazine, and London Review, Volume 78 - 1820
15 - At the New Church, St. Marylebone, by the Rev. Peter Rashleigb, Rector of Southfleet, in Kent, Major-General Sir George Townshend Walker, G.C.B. to Helen Caldcleugh, youngest daughter of ihe late Alexander Caldecleugh, Esq. of Broadgreen House, Surrey.

The Gentleman's Magazine - 1843 - Excerps of the Obituary
Nov. 15. At his residence in Chelsea Hospital, in the 78th year of his age, General Sir George Townshend Walker, Bart. G.C.B. K.T.S. &c. Lieutenant-Governor of that Hospital, and late Commander-in-Chief of the forces at Madras.

General Walker was the eldest son of the late Major Nathaniel Walker, of the Royal American rangers, who served in the army with considerable distinction, and on his retirement had apartments allotted to him in Hampton Court Palace, where he died in May 1829. His mother was Henrietta, only daughter and heiress of Capt. John Bagster, R.N. of the Isle of Wight.

Sir George was descended from a highly respectable line of ancestors. Sir Walter Walker, Knt. LL.D. of Bushey Hall, in Hertfordshire, and of Stretham in the Isle of Ely, Advocate to Katharine, Queen Consort of Charles II. was his great-great-grandfather. This Sir Walter's eldest son, George, was created a Baronet, but that title became extinct with his successor in 1692.

The younger son of Sir Walter, viz. .William Walker, esq., was the progenitor of this branch of the family.

He was appointed a Knight Commander of the Military Order of the Bath, on the augmentation of the Order in 1815, and was promoted to the dignity of a Knight Grand Cross, April 21, 1817. He also received permission, May 18, 1815, to receive the insignia of a Knight Commander of the Tower and Sword of Portugal.

In May 1837, he was appointed Governor of Chelsea Hospital at a salary of .£400 per annum ; and in the year following he attained the rank of a General. For some time he filled the duties of Groom of the Chamber to His Royal Highness the Duke of Sussex.

General Sir G. T. Walker was twice married; first to Anna, only daughter of Richard Allen, esq. of Bury, Lancashire, by whom, who died in 1814, he had two daughters, Anna-Louisa, who died unmarried in 1828, and Harriet-Eliza. He married secondly in August 1820, Helen, youngest daughter of Alexander Caldcleugb, esq. of Croydon, in Surrey.

The Gentleman's Magazine - The United Service Magazine - 1842
General Sir George Townshend Walker, Bart., G.C.B.
This gallant soldier commenced his career as Ensign in the 95th Regt.. to which he was appointed in March, 1782. He remained with it, at Jersey, till the reduction of that corps, in June, 1783, when he was appointed to, and proceeded with, the 71st Regt. to India, and was then, in 1785, appointed Deputy Quartermaster-General to His Majesty's troops in that country ; and in that department, in 1786, served the campaign under Major-General Sir Henry Cosby, with a considerable force, against the southern Poligars. During the necessary exertions of this campaign Lieut. Walker was seized with severe jungle fever, which obliged his return to England, and continued to oppress him for upwards of twenty years after; during which he served successively in the 30th and 35th Regts., and in 1788 was appointed Aide-de-Camp to the Hon. Major-General Bruce, with whom he served in Ireland. In March, 1789, he was appointed Captain-Lieutenant in the 14th Regt., and during the short period between the return of that corps from Jamaica, and the threatened war with Spain, in 1790, Capt. Walker studied his profession, and the German language, in Germany. In 1790 he took charge of a detachment of his corps at Hilsea. Capt. Walker was appointed Captain of a Company in the 60th Regt., in May, 1791; and from Chatham volunteered, with a body of recruits, to the army in Flanders in 1793 ; and was present at the action of the 10th May, near Tournay; and subsequently was attached to the Quartermaster-General's department, and served in the retreat of the army to Germany, having been previously employed on several confidential missions, by His Royal Highness the Duke of York, to the Hague, Rotterdam, and Amsterdam; and on the return of the army, in 1795, he was left in Germany, in the inspection of foreign corps; and in that capacity made the levy of Baron de Roll's Corps, in the Black Forest and Switzerland: and, under the orders of Mr. Secretary Dundas, proceeded to negociate with the several Italian States for the passage of this and other corps through their territories, till they were fortunately embarked at Civita Vecchia in 1796. In, August, 1794, he was appointed Major of the 60th Regt., and subsequently Aide-de-Camp to Lieut.-General Frazer, then second in command in Portugal ; from whence he was transferred as English and interpreting Aide-de-Camp to Prince Waldeck, then in command of the united armies: but ill health obliged him the following June to return to England. In Feb., 1798, Major Walker was appointed Inspecting Field-Officer of the Manchester District, in which he remained until March, 1799; having been in the meantime promoted to the Lieut.-Colonelcy of the 50th Regt., which he joined in Oct., 1799; when he was called to Holland by His Royal Highness the Duke of York, (then on the Texel Expedition,) to take the dunes of Military Commissioner to the Russian army, then on service there ; and which force he accompanied to the islands of Jersey and Guernsey, remaining on this duty till Oct., 1801, when he again joined his regiment at Malta, and returned with it to Ireland, when, having recruited and reformed it, he again embarked, and served with it in the siege of Copenhagen.

After his return to England, Lieut.-Colonel Walker embarked again on a secret expedition under Lieut.-General Spencer, which, on the breaking out of the Spanish Revolution, after witnessing the reduction of the French fleet off Cadiz, and various accidents and changes, terminated in a junction, with Sir Arthur Wellesley's army in Portugal, in 1808.

Having become a full Colonel in April, 1808, he had the honour to be chosen by Sir Arthur, with his regiment, for the support of the light troops, in the advanced guard, (the want of such having been felt at Rolica, on the 17th, at which the regiment was present,) and happened, in the action at Vimeira, on August 21st, to be posted on an advanced height, covering the park of artillery and commissariat in front of the centre and right of the Army; in which position he was attacked, and attempted to be charged, by a solid column of the enemy, under General of Division L'Oison, composed of upwards of 5000 men; which, without any other assistance than one company of the 95th Rifle Corps, and three guns, the 50th Regiment-not having then 900 men on the field-he had the good fortune, (by a rapid movement "en échellon" of the right wing, while the left engaged his front,) to turn and charge in Hank, completely routing the whole, killing upwards of 1000 on the spot, and taking 360 prisoners, seven out of eight of his guns, and pursuing him upwards of two miles from the ground; thus breaking for the first time the charm of that column of attack, so much heretofore boasted of by the French army.

Having returned to England, to forward the equipment of his regiment, Colonel Walker was charged by Lord Castlereagh with confidential dispatches for the Army, but unfortunately was delayed by most tempestuous weather, and a voyage of thirty days, and did not arrive off Corunna till after the action ; when he proceeded to Lisbon, to put Sir John Craddock, then commanding there, in possession of the dispatches and views of Government. Alter which, he joined his regiment in England, which he had equipped and fit for service, (notwithstanding the late disastrous campaign,) in the month of April, 1809, when he was chosen by Lord Castlereagh for the command of a secret expedition to the Baltic, which, however, (after receiving his instructions,) terminated in that of the Scheldt, when Colonel Walker served the whole of the campaign of Walcheren, latterly in command of a brigade.

In August, 1810, he was promoted to the rank of Brigadier-General, and sent under the orders of Lord Wellington to commune with, and assist the Guerillas, and other levies in Gallicia, and the northern provinces of Spain, provide them with arms, &c., till in June, 1811, having been promoted to the rank of Major-General. he at his own request joined the Army of the Peninsula at Grenada, on the frontier of Portugal, October 2, 1811 ; and after participating in the operations for the fall of Cuidad Rodrigo, he advanced southward with it to the siege of Badajos, where, on the 6th of April, 1812, (the three breaches being reported practicable, and the assault determined on,) Major-General Walker was ordered with his brigade, consisting of the 4th, the 30th, and the 44th Regiments,-only 900 in all,-to escalade the bastion of St. Vincent, as a diversion, should he on arrival find it practicable. Although provided with thirty-two ladders for this purpose, such was the weight of fire he had to pass through, that he could only succeed in placing four ladders in the ditch, and the same number against the angle of the bastion, which, though near forty feet high, was, nevertheless, entered ; and, after several severe actions on the ramparts, he had the good fortune ultimately to carry the place itself, notwithstanding the loss of 500 of his small force, and that the main attack on the breaches had totally failed against a garrison of 4000 strong, which marched out the next day,-a success in some degree consolatory for the great sufferings he underwent from several desperate wounds. His dangerous state and subsequent debility deprived General Walker of reaping further laurels this and the greater part of the following year; but before his wounds were healed he rejoined the Army in the Pyrenees, on the 5th August, 18)3, in the command of the 1st Brigade, 2nd Division, and assisted in the actions of the passage of the Nivelle, Nov. 10th, and the attack of Campo; after which, having had the honour to be selected by Lord Wellington to take charge of the 7th Division, he commanded it at the passage of the Nive and battles of Bayonne ; and on the advance, on the 23rd Feb., 1814, he drove the enemy, after much resistance, out of the strongly-entrenched towers of Hartingens, and, after a smart engagement, out of Ogugar, and on the 27th had a very material share in the decision of the important battle of Orthes,-after the repulse of the 4th Division, and other ineffective attacks, carrying the last and strongest position of the enemy by a charge of one of his brigades, which he led in person to the enemy's front. Here, however, he was again severely wounded, to which the rapidity of the advance prevented him paying the requisite attention, and at the same time a family affliction occurring, caused his return to England, where he was long a sufferer from his wounds.

In October, 1812, General Walker was appointed Colonel of the "Regiment de Meuron," afterwards to one of the Battalions of Rifles, then exchanged to the 84th Regiment, and, on the 9th Sept., 1822, exchanged to the 52nd Regiment by command of H.R.H. the Duke of York; since which, Sir George was appointed Commander in Chief at Madras, whence he returned in June, 1832, and was, by his late Majesty, William IV., at the recommendation of Lord Hill, (Commander in Chief,) appointed to the Lieutenant-Governorship of the Royal Hospital, Chelsea, in 1837, where he died, Nov. 14, 1842, and whose memory will be a lasting ornament to a profession in which he had then served nearly sixty-one years. Sir George died Colonel of the 50th Regiment, (which he had so gallantly commanded before the enemy,) in his 79th year.


1841 Census:

Her Majesty's Royal Hospital, Chelsea
Townshend Walker - 75 - 1766
Helen Walker - 35 - 1806
Harriet E. Walker - 35 - 1806
Anna M.C. Walker - 9 - 1832


Major Nathaniel Walker was born in Somerset on 26 April 1740 and baptised at St James, Westminster, London in Middlesex on 30 April 1740. Nathaniel died at Jamaica in the West Indies in December 1780, aged 40.

Henrietta Bagster was born about 1746 and baptised at St Botolph Without, Aldgate, London in Middlesex on 15 June 1746. Henrietta died during May 1829 at Hampton Court Palace in Middlesex.

Major Nathaniel Walker and Henrietta Bagster were married at Saint James, Westminster, London in Middlesex on 5 May 1763.

Nathaniel Walker was born on 26 April 1740. He was the son of Nathaniel Walker and Elizabeth Jane Pytot. He married Henrietta Hall, daughter of Daniel Hall, on 5 May 1763. He died in December 1780 at age 40, Jamaica.

A Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Commoners of Great Britain
Nathaniel Walker, esq. a major in the army, who m. Henrietta, only daughter and heiress of Captain John Bagster, R.N. of the Isle of Wight, and dying at Hampton Court palace, in May, 1829, left issue,
i. George Townshend, the present lieutenant-general Sir George Townshend Walker.
ii. Frederick, of Bushey, in the county of Herts, a colonel in the army, m. Anabella, youngest daughter of Edward Cane, esq. of Donnybrook, in the county of Dublin.
iii. Charles Montagu, of Hampton Court, in the county of Middlesex, a captain in the royal navy, m, Anne Maria, only child and heiress of Walter Riddell, esq. of Glen Riddell, in Scotland.
iv. Mary, m. to Stawell Chudleigh, esq. of Furze Place Farm, Hampshire.
v. Harriet-Louisa, m. to James Grierson, esq. of Purbrook Park, in the county of Hants.

Nathaniel Walker was agent to Huntingdon Mil, Major Royal American Rangers in War of Independence. Bloomsbury. He lived at Bedford St.

Children of Henrietta Hall and Nathaniel Walker were:

Frederick Nathaniel Walker (-1857)
Mary Walker (-1843)
Harriet Louisa Walker
Sir George Townshend Walker, 1st Bt. (1764-1842)
Charles Montagu Hudleston Walker (1779-1833)

Henrietta Bagster was the daughter of Captain John Bagster and Dorothy Hall of West Cowes. She died in May 1829.

General Sir George Townshend Walker
1st Bart.

Pencil sketch of Sir George Townshend Walker from the diary of Helen Caldcleugh, his wife.