LeClare Allerthorn Walker’s biography

75 years later – WE REMEMBER!

RCAF No. 403 Squadron

Biography and pictures courtesy of Richard Walker


LeClare Walker 1942

“Clare” Walker (1918)
(picture taken 1942)

LeClare Allerthorn Walker, known as Clare, was born in Norwich, Ontario, Canada on 22 June, 1918, the 2nd child of Spence Allerthorn and Mildred Loral (born Bushell) Walker.

When Clare was just two years of age, in 1920, he moved with his parents to Troy, New York, U.S.A. He attended No.18 Elementary School there from 1924 to 1932. During the last 2 years of this period he was very active in the Boy Scouts of America. In the summer of 1932 the family, now consisting of 6 children, returned to Norwich where Clare attended High School and graduated in 1938. During his High School years he was a member of the High School Cadet Corp in which he served as Commanding Officer for 3 of those years. He was also active in sports…

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Everett Smith served with the Headquarters Company, 187th Regiment, 11th A/B Division during WWII. This site is in tribute to my father, "Smitty." GP is a member of the 11th Airborne Association. Member # 4511 and extremely proud of that fact!

Posted on August 19, 2017, in Uncategorized, WWII and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 58 Comments.

  1. Thank you for linking to this story, GP.

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  2. GP – thank you for linking to this story.

    That Churchill didn’t scatter when those pilots buzzed him and the other honchos is typical of Churchill. During the Blitz on London, he would often don a helmet and go up on the roof of #10 Downing Street where an anti-aircraft battery had been placed and observe the gunners going after Luftwaffe planes.

    Prior to WWI, when Churchill held the Home Office portfolio, a group of Latvian (!) terrorists had been terrorizing London. Churchill invented the concept of the armored vehicle when he had steel plates attached to the side of his official Home Office Rolls-Royce and personally drove the armored Rolls INTO the house where the terrorists were hiding out. In the ensuing battle, the terrorists were killed and the house burned – and Winston was right in the thick of it.

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  3. This story recalled the fate of my uncle (one of two my mom’s brothers killed at WWII). He was the pilot and in May 1942 was killed. Thanks to people who have seen how it happened his name was not lost at all. However my grandmother received the letter with message “Missing in action”. It took 30 years to find where his grave is and to get official documents about his death.

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  4. Pierre Lagacé

    The woman in France caring for his grave will send me more photos.
    She sent me a link about an American soldier… It’s in French.


    More about that soldier


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  5. Thanks for sharing the post. It tells an important story.

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  6. Another of Pierre’s finest! Thanks for bringing it back to our attention GP.

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  7. A moving account. Bud demonstrates that love endures. So, by the way, do you.

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  8. Dieppe was 75 years ago yesterday. A fiasco that killed quite a few of us Canucks.
    I just went and saw Dunkirk the other night. It truly seems impossible to portray the horrors of War in film. It that good? Or bad?
    The film was disappointing in other ways. The first character we see is irresponsible coward who throws his rifle down and tries escape the beach by jumping line – To Hell with everybody else. And the guy we actually orchestrated the flotilla of small boats that rescued the 300,000 soldiers was Canadian Officer, Admiral Sir Bertram Home Ramsay KCB, KBE, MVO. Never mentioned. As I say, disappointing.

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  9. What a fascinating name for a person to have. Thanks for sharing this, GP. Hugs.

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  10. I commented on the origina post
    They were all so young, brave and selfless. The world was a better place because of them.

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  11. Thanks for sharing this- there was so much loss of life during the action at Dieppe- it’s good to see these sacrifices honored.

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  12. I always like the way you provide equal coverage for our very valuable Allies in WW II, G. –Curt

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    • Thank you, Curt. IT’s only fair. The historical books tend to overlook those contributions or group the nations as one under the title of ‘Commonwealth Nations’. To be accurate in the history of the era, I try to separate them from the UK. They all did their part in the long chain that finally ended the war.

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  13. As I said on the other site, sometimes it’s hard to “like these posts. Evin though I know that’s not really what it means, still . . .
    Thank you for working so hard to keep these stories and history alive!

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  14. Amazing people in this world. I enjoyed the comments, too, of your readers.

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    • We have a good bunch of people carousing around here. I’m very proud to know them and have an awful lot to thank them for! [you are inclded in that Jacqui!]


  15. Another good find – thanks!

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  16. Pierre Lagacé

    In the early morning hours of September 3rd, 2017, another post will be published as a sequel to this first post I wrote on a blog paying homage to an Boulton Paul Defiant air gunner and to RAF 264 Squadron.


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  17. A very interesting article, and a poignant story of the ‘adopted’ grave too.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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  18. I like the photo of the whole group. They all seem so confident

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  19. Please check out the honor365 site– they have honored Smitty !!!! GREAT!!!!
    Have a wonderful weekend ahead! 😉 Michael

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  20. Pierre Lagacé

    I feel privileged when people share stories with me. This story about LeClare Walker started when a woman in France asked for my help. She wanted to know more about this pilot whose grave she visited often in a cemetery. She had adopted him and knew very little… almost nothing. How could I say no?

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  21. Thank you for including that info.


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