London Gazette tells us when he started his career :
"13th Hussars, Henry Stephen Walker, Gent., to be Cornat,
by purchase, vice Ford, promoted. Dated 17th November, 1863."
Faulkner settled at the 46, Kensington Gardens Square, Westbourne
Grove, Bayswater, W. London in 1864 (he'll stay there until 1877
when the studio moved).
Hussars will soon sail to
Canada ; the Times of September 13th 1866 relates :
"The Cunard steamers Tarifa and Europa, which have been
completely overhauled and refitted for the reception of the 13th
Hussars, left the Mersey yesterday at 2 p.m. for Quebec.
The Tarifa has on board 13 officers, 182 men, and 172 horses. The
officers are Lieut.-Col. Jenyns, C.B. ; Capts. Clarke, Innes, and
Hill ; Lieuts Ford, Clay, and Webb ; Cornets Hamilton, Pole, and
Ellis ; Lieut. and Adjt. Joyce, Surg. Armsrong, and Vet.-Surg.
Varley. The Europa conveys 13 officers, 144 men, and 131 horses.
The officers are Major Maclean ; Capts. Atkinson, Huddleston, and
Miles ; Lieuts. Starkey, Higgins, and Horne ; Cornets Bieber and
Moore ; Paymaster Frith, Riding-master Hubbard, Quartermaster
Cresdee, and Assist.-Surg. Milburn. To-day, at 9a.m., the Allan
steamer will go alongside the great landing-stage and take on
board nine officers and 153 dismounted men of the same regiment,
and detachments for other corps, to the number of about 240, and
sail about noon. These vessels also take out several hundred tons
of military stores."
Walker is not named among the officers - and it is possible that
he sailed on board the Allan ; in any case, the Notman
photographs testify that he went to Canada.
Regiment had been sent to Canada following the unrest due to the Fenian
activists (mostly demobilized soldiers of Irish extract, fighting
the British presence in Canada), trouble that led the Governor
general to request Regular Cavalry troops - the lack of which had
been exposed in the previous operations.
The 13th Hussars will be mainly quartered in Toronto (Fort York).
During their tour, they will open a School of Cavalry there, that
will train local Cavalry Troops.
This will create a lasting heritage, as Canadian Cavalry regiments
will adopt a uniform after that of the Regiment, a tunic of Hussar
pattern with white facings (though most will sport pith helmets).
Stephen Walker will purchase his Lieutenantcy on October 12th,
1867, "vice Harle".
Hussars will sail back to England in August 1869 ; The Times
relates, on August 14th : "Yesterday the troopship Simoom
arrived in the Mersey from Quebec, and landed the 13th Hussars,
consisting of 19 officers, 7 officers' wives, and 10 officers'
children, 403 men, 71 women, and 103 children. In the course of
the day the troops left for York, and the Simoom at once proceeded
to take on board the 15th Hussars, from York, and will take them
round to Portsmouth, en route for Chichester, whence they will
shortly leave for India."
Stephen Walker will not take part in those further travels, as the
London Gazette will soon announce :
"13th Hussars, Cornet Athelstane Robetr Pryce to be
Lieutenant, by purchase, vice Henry Stephen Walker, who retires.
Dated 8th June, 1870."