A YOUNG soldier’s name will join those of his fallen comrades on a city war memorial later this year.
Sapper Richard Walker died in January in an apparent insider attack by a member of the Afghan National Army at Patrol Base Hazrat in the Nahr-e Saraj district of Helmand province.
The 23-year-old, a former pupil of Washington School, was on his first tour of the war-torn country and was due to return home just weeks later. Now, the young father’s name is to be added to the city’s memorial wall, paying tribute to those who have lost their lives for their country.
Sapper Walker’s mother, Kathryn Walker, of Barmston, Washington, said: “I’m very proud that Richard’s name is to join the others. It does help.”
The soldier, of Blackfell, was father to Lilly-Faith, two, and had been looking forward to seeing his daughter on his return home.
Sapper Walker’s name is expected to be engraved on the memorial by the autumn. The wall, which is made of granite plinths, was officially opened next to Sunderland Cenotaph in Burdon Road last year after more than two years of fund-raising.