Born at Southgate, Middlesex in 1842, Russell Walker, brother of Alfred (Middlesex), A.H. (Middlesex), Frederic (Middlesex), John (Middlesex), Isaac D. (Middlesex) and Edward (Middlesex), nephew of Henry (M.C.C. 1832) was a right-handed attacking opening batsman, right-hand slow round-arm bowler and good fieldsman. He attended Harrow School and then went on to Oxford University where he attained blues all five years between 1861 and 1865.
He represented Middlesex 45 times between 1862 and 1877 during which time he amassed 1,678 runs (av. 22.07) with a single century of which his highest score was 104 and he bagged 142 wickets (av. 17.54) with a best performance of 6 for 76. His best season was 1865 when he recorded 770 runs (av. 24.83) and his last first-class match was for M.C.C. in 1878.
He was a committee member of both M.C.C. and Middlesex until his death, having served as President of Middlesex from 1906 to 1922 and as a Trustee of M.C.C. He represented Oxford University at rackets being a notable player. He died at Regent's Park, London in 1922.