William Walker was born in Newington, Surrey, England back in 1869. In 1887, he was training to be a diver at Portsmouth Dockyard. He was a man of many talents working his way through diver’s attendant, signal man and finally passing his medical exam and deep-water test qualifying him as a deep-water diver in 1892.
In 1912, he was presented with a silver rose bowl by King George V for his work on a particular work on an assignment he did between 1906 to 1911. He was also honored being appointed a Member of the Royal Victorian Order. He as the foreman in charge for the construction of the new naval docks in Gibraltar. He was involved in the wreck of the SS Dordone in Newport. Sadly, he died during the Spanish flu epidemic of 1918.
Now, back to his assignment from 1906 to 1911. In those years, he was solely responsible for shoring up Winchester Cathedral. He foresaw the construction of 235 pits along the southern and eastern sides of the building allowing for the pouring of concrete underneath them.
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