Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 2010, Corporal Stephen Walker, 40 Commando Royal Marines, was killed in Afghanistan. He had been on a joint foot patrol with the Afghan National Army when he was caught up in an explosion near Patrol Base Almas in Sangin.
Corporal Walker had joined the Royal Navy in May of 1986, then after serving for four years he joined the Royal Marines. He served in Fleet Protection Group Royal Marines, 40 and 45 Commando Royal Marines and the Commando Training Centre Royal Marines as a Recruit Troop Instructor. He excelled in Junior Command Training and gained considerable operational experience serving in Iraq and Northern Ireland. He arrived in Afghanistan in April of 2010 as a Section Commander based out of Patrol Base Almas.
Lieutenant Colonel Paul James said of him: “Corporal Stephen ‘Whisky’ Walker, an ex-Navy chef turned Royal Marine Commando, was one of the most professionally astute men I have ever met. Brave, loyal, utterly dedicated and absolutely selfless, he died leading his section on patrol in southern Sangin. Having served twenty years in the Royal Marines, he was my most experienced and probably my best Corporal. I valued his counsel greatly and despite being his Commanding Officer, he taught me tactics. I often joined his section during our pre-deployment training. He was a natural leader who cared passionately for his men; he trained, he operated, he lived and he died at the front. He is a man who will be sorely missed by everyone in 40 Commando.. Corporal ‘Whisky’ Walker was, and will always be, the consummate Commando”.
Stephen, from Lisburn in Northern Ireland, was 42 years old and married with a son and daughter.