William Walker
William Walker
William Walker at the age of 104
Birth: 8 January 1822
East Bridgford, England, UK
Death: 28 February 1929
Nottingham, England, UK
Age: 107 years, 51 days
Country: United Kingdom UK

William Walker (8 January 1822 – 28 February 1929) was a British centenarian who was the oldest known living person in the United Kingdom at the time of his death. He was also the UK’s oldest man ever until his age was surpassed by Thomas Pope in 1942.


William Walker was born in East Bridgford, England on 8 January 1822, and was baptised the following day. His father worked as a blacksmith. Walker later became a bricklayer, and didn’t retire until he was 84 years old. On his 104th birthday in 1926, he was congratulated by the Mayor via telegram.

The following year on 20 January 1927, Walker, having turned 105 twelve days prior, became the oldest person in the United Kingdom after the death of Frances Smith. It is currently unknown when he became the oldest man in the country. Walker would hold the title for the final two years of his life.

Walker died on 28 February 1929 at the age of 107 years, 51 days. His successor as the UK’s oldest person was Ann Russell (1823 – 1931).


United Kingdom's Oldest Living Person Titleholders (VE)

Frederick Stabbins • Jane ListerMartha Truelove • Ann Sharp • Jane Raby • Frances Smith • William Walker • Ann Russell • Eliza Roff • Ellen Palmer • Rachel MacArthur • Rachel SwainMary Davey • Thomas Pope • John Francklow • Rebecca Lees • Sarah Fitt • Elizabeth Sellwood • Matilda Coppins • Elizabeth Whitehead • Emma Rooke • Margaret Lunn • Sarah Humphrey • Caroline BealeFanny Hopkins • Elizabeth Etheridge • Sophia Wellstead • Rhoda Harris • Emma Weeks • Edith Grellier • Mary WorthingtonJane Stoneman • Ellen Dart • Elizabeth Kensley • Hannah SmithJohn Mosley TurnerAda Roe • Alice StevensonElizabeth WatkinsFrederick Butterfield • Rose Heeley • Agnes Helyar • James Harrow • Sarah Morgan • Lilias WilliamsFlorence PannellJeanetta ThomasAlice Brewster • Anna Eliza Williams • Kate Begbie • Charlotte Hughes • Daisy Adams • Rebecca Hewison • Annie Scott • Rachel Wieselberg • Lucy Askew • Annie Jennings • Eva Morris • Amy Hulmes • Nellie Bradley • Gladys Hawley • Lucy d'Abreu • Judy Ingamells • Emmeline BriceAnnie Knight • Ada Mason • Florrie Baldwin • Eunice BowmanAnnie Turnbull • Elsie SteeleMargaret Fish • Violet Wood • Grace A Jones • Ethel Lang • Gladys Hooper • Bessie CammOlive BoarGrace C JonesGwen PayneHilda ClulowBob WeightonJoan HocquardLilian Priest

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