Walker, George Eric Denham
George Walker died on 14 November 2000, in London, aged 86.
After Hurstpierpoint College and a year in Switzerland, he passed the open competitive examination for the Indian Police in 1934 andwas posted to Assam.The Principal of the Police Training School in India described George as “a good all rounder at games, and imbued with the right spirit in other matters”. In early 1937 he was seconded to the remote North East Frontier tracts, which bordered Burma and Tibet, working with the hill tribes in whom he took a keen interest.
In late 1940 he was posted to Shillong, the capital of Assam – then a remote province, but soon to become of great strategic importance after the Japanese invasion of Burma – as ADC to the Governor, Sir Robert Reid. Sir Robert reported that George – “tactful, hardworking and with excellent manners”- did exceedingly well as ADC.In 1942, George was reappointed to a post on the frontier, as a Political Officer. Under the constant threat of Japanese invasion, George worked in arduous conditions – travelling mostly on foot, and often short of food – to reinforce the loyalty of the hill tribes, to establish camps for the thousands of refugees, and to provide vital support for the Nationalist Chinese and American armies in the area.
In 1946, at the early age of 31, he was awarded the military MBE for these services. The new governor of Assam, Sir Andrew Clow, described George in 1946 as an officer of imagination and initiative, “a good all-rounder, well liked, energetic, honest and reliable, with good powers of expression”.After the independence of India in 1947 George decided to stay on, joining the Assam Railway; Trading Company. He returned to London in 1958, serving as a director of the AR; T until his retirement in 1973.
In 1971 he had been appointed Honorary Secretary of the Indian Police Association, a post that he held with distinction for 22 years. He wrote a brief memoir of his service in India.
He leaves a widow, Mary.