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Thomas Andrews Walker, F.C.I.S., (1856-1936) 50th President


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We have a short obituary for him in Volume LXX of the Transactions

Thomas Andrews Walker, F.C.I.S., 1856-1936.

By the death on Good Friday, April 10th, 1936, of Mr. T. A. Walker, the Society lost one of its Past Presidents and, whilst in residence at Penarth, an enthusiastic member. He was born at Uxbridge, Middlesex, on May 19th, 1856. He was educated at the Grammar School at Iver, Bucks., and joined the Great Western Railway in 1871, and came to Cardiff in June, 1890, to take up the position of chief clerk to the late Mr. John Jones, who was goods manager and secretary of the Taff Vale Railway. He was subsequently appointed Goods Manager, and, on the death of Mr. Edward Edwards, secretary of that Company, a position he held until his retirement in 1922 after the amalgamation of the Taff Vale Railway with the Great Western Railway.

He joined the Society in 1898 and was a regular attendant at the meetings; his chief interest was in the history of transport and in the correlation of the various means of transport in the County. He devoted much time to tracing the route of the Via Julia, and was largely instrumental in promoting the excavation of the Roman site on Ely Racecourse in 1922.

He was elected on the Council for the 1920-21 Session and to the Presidential Chair in 1922; he was also elected to the Committee of the Archaeological Section in 1920, and resigned his membership on his removal from the district in 1924.

A keen churchman, he was for many years churchwarden of All Saints Church, Penarth,. and after his retirement and removal to Princes Risborough, Bucks., he was Treasurer and a member of the Parochial Church Council in that village.

He was a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Secretaries, and was Chairman of the South Wales and Monmouthshire Branch in 1920.

He was also a keen botanist and a water colour artist of no mean ability.

Thomas Andrews Walker, F.C.I.S., 1856-1936.

Thomas Andrews Walker, F.C.I.S., 1856-1936.

He was predeceased by his wife, who died in June, 1930.

His Presidential Address on 19th October, 1922, was on Travel-past and present," and he also read the following two papers to the Archaeological Section:-

March 17th, 1920. Roman Roads of the District."

1921. Roman Roads between Cardiff and Margam."

We are indebted to his son, Mr. Percy H. Walker, for much of the above information and for the excellent portrait accompanying this notice.

H.M.H.

The newsaper references I have located in relation to him are all related to his work with the Railways.

Cardiff Railway Clerks' Society ,Evening Express 12th March 1904

Cardiff Railway Clerks' Society ,Evening Express 12th March 1904

Cardiff Railway Clerks, Evening Express 1st December 1905

Cardiff Railway Clerks, Evening Express 1st December 1905

Including his promotion to company secretary in 1913

Taff Vale Changes,The Cambria Daily Leader 11th January 1913

Taff Vale Changes,The Cambria Daily Leader 11th January 1913



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