Robert Sandilands Frowd Walker

Robert Sandilands Frowd Walker

Colonial Administrator + Footballer
Born May 13, 1850

Lt. Colonel Robert Sandilands Frowd Walker C.M.G. (13 May 1850 – 16 May 1917) was a prominent figure in Malaya during the British colonial era in the late nineteenth-century. During his youth he was an amateur sportsman, and played three times for the English football XI against Scotland, scoring four goals, in the 1870 to 1872 representative matches.… Read More

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1850 Birth Born in 1850.


1869 19 Years Old 1 More Event
At Sandhurst, he showed himself to be a keen all-round sportsman, representing the college at athletics in 1869 and 1870 in competitions with the Royal Military Academy, Woolwich.


In May 1870, he won the 120 yards hurdles and the pole jump in the annual athletics competition against the Woolwich Academy.
1871 21 Years Old In November 1871, Walker made his third and final appearance for England. … Read More
1873 23 Years Old He was also selected for the Scotland vs. England rugby international of 1873, although he did not actually play. … Read More
1874 24 Years Old In 1874, he was transferred to Perak, but was then moved first to Hong Kong and then to Singapore where, in 1878, he was aide-de-camp to Sir William Robinson, Governor of the Straits Settlements.
1878 28 Years Old In November 1878, he accompanied Robinson to Bangkok for the investiture of King Chulalongkorn as a Knight Grand Cross of the Order of St Michael and St George.
1879 29 Years Old 1 More Event
Early in 1879, he entered the service of the Federated Malay States as Acting Commissioner of the Perak Armed Police, and was also the Acting Assistant Resident. … Read More


1884 34 Years Old In 1884, Walker (now promoted to Major) successfully petitioned for the Perak Armed Police to be allowed to style themselves the "1st Battalion, Perak Sikhs". … Read More
1889 39 Years Old The riots were quelled by Walker and the Perak Sikhs but flared up again in September 1889. … Read More


1890 40 Years Old The esplanade in the town centre was originally the Parade Square and was laid out by Walker in 1890. … Read More
1896 46 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1896, following the inauguration of the Federated Malay States, the Perak and Selangor Sikh Police forces were consolidated into the "Malay States Guides" with Lt. Colonel Walker as their first commandant. … Read More
1897 47 Years Old He commanded the dismounted colonial troops at the celebrations to mark Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee in 1897.


1901 51 Years Old He was later given the honour of laying the foundation stone of the Diamond Jubilee Wadda Gurdwara Sahib at Penang on 3 June 1901. … Read More


1910 60 Years Old Walker retired in 1910 on the grounds of ill-health; in a private letter he said: Thirty-two and a half years since I landed in Singapore and knocked the ball about on the old cricket ground. … Read More
1917 67 Years Old …  Walker suffered from a long-term complaint of the inner ear; he died of a heart attack on 16 May 1917, a few days after his 67th birthday. … Read More
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