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William Walker
William Walker
Walker at the age of 104 in 1926
Birth: 8 January 1822
East Bridgford, Nottinghamshire, England, UK
Death: 28 February 1929
Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, 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 recorded until his age was surpassed by Thomas Pope in 1942.


William Walker was born on 8 January 1822 in East Bridgford, Nottinghamshire, England, and was baptised the following day. His father worked as a blacksmith. Walker worked as a bricklayer until he was 84 years old, and helped to build the first Midland railway station in Nottingham. He had enjoyed eating pork and bacon, and also had an interest in cricket.

Walker's eyesight began to fail when he was about 103. In 1926, he received telegrams congratulating him on reaching his 104th birthday by both the Mayor and Sheriff of Nottingham. Walker died on 28 February 1929 at the age of 107 years, 51 days.

Longevity Records

On 20 January 1927, twelve days after turning 105, Walker became the oldest living person in the United Kingdom after the death of 106-year-old Frances Smith. He also became the last surviving British person born in 1822. His successor as the UK’s oldest person was Ann Russell (1823–1931). It is currently unknown when he became the oldest man in the country.

On 15 June 1928, Walker became the oldest British man ever recorded after surpassing the previous record of 106 years, 188 days held by Frederick Stabbins. Walker held this record until his final age was surpassed by Thomas Pope on 15 March 1942.


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 PriestGertrude KingstonMollie Walker