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William Walker
Birth: 1869
Death: 1918

Diver. He is famous for saving Winchester Cathedral from collapse. He trained as a diver at Portsmouth Dockyard in 1887, and after working as a diver's attendant and diver's signal man, qualified as a deep water diver in 1892. He became the most experienced diver of Siebe Gorman Ltd, and in 1906 was chosen to shore up the foundations of Winchester Cathedral, which was in danger of collapse due to being built on waterlogged peat. He worked for six hours a day in total darkness to fill two hundred and thirty five pits under the foundations with concrete. Each weekend he cycled one hundred and fifty miles to his home in Croydon and back. In 1912 he was presented with a silver rose bowl by King George V at a thanksgiving service to celebrate the successful completion of his work. His eventful career as a diver also included a colliery rescue operation, working on the building of the Blackwall Tunnel and the construction of the naval docks in Gibraltar. He also assisted Sir Leonard Hill with his development of linear decompression tables. He was a victim of the Spanish flu epidemic of 1918, and is commemorated by a statue in the Cathedral that he saved. (bio by: js) 
 
Burial:
Beckenham Cemetery and Crematorium
Beckenham
London Borough of Bromley
Greater London, England
 
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Originally Created by: js
Record added: May 04, 2009
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William Walker
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William Walker
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William Walker
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GOD Bless you and all who and/or may view here too..!
- Jonathan Robert De Mallie
 Added: Apr. 9, 2014

- Dragon
 Added: Oct. 24, 2012
we forgot you NOT,Great Grandfather.Very few men have ever reached to your level
- John Walker
 Added: Mar. 28, 2011
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