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I have not been able to find this entry on Ancestry. I will look again later. My instinct says not him. On his service record it says trade brought up to. (Implies you followed your father ) Railway stoker/ engine cleaner.
This is great you have all given me lots to think about.
Mistakes (and fibs) are not uncommon. I'd be more doubtful if the date didn't match the registration quarter. If the dob on the birth certificate of Thomas, son of Thomas & Louisa, was 28 Jan 1887 then I'd be confident it was him.
Also there is no Thomas Walker registered Mar qtr 1886 Aston.
I wondered if he lied about the year of his birth because :
enlistment 18 January 1905 - he needed to be 18 or else parents would need to sign permission - I think.
If his birthday was 28 January 1887 he would only be 17 when he enlisted (not 18 until 28th) but if he was born 1886 he would be 18 (19 on 28th).
Doesn't mean we have the right person but just an idea.