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Pte. Henry Oscar Wackett

British Army 1st Btn. Royal Scots

(d.20th Feb 1915)

Henry Oscar Wackett, Private 9995, is remembered on the Ypres Menin Gate Memorial to the Missing.


AbleSea. George Edward Waddell

Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve HMS Black Prince

from:Aberdeen, Scotland

(d.31st May 1916)

George Waddell was killed in action on the 31st of May 1916, aged 22. Commemorated on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial in Portsmouth, he was the son of Sidney Charles and Emily Mary Waddell, of Kirkwall, husband of Magdalene A. Leask Waddell, of 33 Wales St., Aberdeen.


Cpl. Elijah Waddilove MM.

British Army 1st Btn. Loyal North Lancashire Regiment

from:Beverly Street, Preston

Elijah Waddilove was my grandfather. He was the first son of Richard and Ann waddilove and lived in Beverly Street, Aston on Ribble, Preston. He was a serving soldier in barracks down south in the 1911 census and was the first to go to France wearing the star medal. I think he was also a dispatch rider. Grandad got the military medal for bravery in the field in 1916 as a corporal which was mentioned in a London paper.

He went through the first war along with his brother Richard Waddilove and also his wife Lizzies brother, James Bromley, who lost a leg in battle. Grandad's brother Richard was prisoner of war during the conflict. His cousin who lived in the same street was also a soldier and he died and is buried in France. The article in the paper showed a photo of him age twenty six - it's hard to think of what he did for his country.

My grandparents brought me up from birth. As a child I remember a German helmet and sword being in a cupboard at home in St. Peter's Street, Preston. I think he suffered a gas attack and remember him struggling to walk and breath in later years. He died in 1956. My grandad was the only father figure in my life. How I wish I could have told him how proud of him I was. Grandad must have had a sense of fun, at age six he told me ask the priest about Adam and Eve having two sons Cain and Abel and Cain slew his brother and went to the land of nod and took to himself a wife and I was to ask ask were he got his wife from. Of course I was told to shut up and sit down! My grandparents lost two sons and a daughter in the thirties - the boys would have been old enough to go to the second war had they lived. Grandad was the eldest of thirteen children most of who died at birth. He was a larger than life character I remember, who boxed for the army and played football in an article someone showed me.


Pte. Cecil Waddington

British Army 1st Btn. King's Own Royal Lancaster

from:Barrow-in-Furness, Lancashire

(d.10th April 1917)

Cecil Waddington was first cousin to my grandmother Eileen Patricia Benest. He died age 20 and is commemorated on the Arras Memorial.


Pte. John Crow Waddle

British Army 14th Btn Durham Light Infantry


(d.12th Oct 1916)

John Crow Waddle, Private 24848, enlisted in South Shields and served in the 14th Battalion, Durham Light Infantry. He died on the 12th October 1916 and is remembered at St.Paul's Church and Bancourt British Cemetery. H.17. His medal card records the award of the 1915 Star, War and Victory Medals.

John was born in Jarrow 1893 son of William and Elizabeth Waddle. In the 1911 census they are living at 130 Hope Street, Jarrow with William(40) an Iron Moulder in shipbuilding and his wife of 19 years Elizabeth(38) who had 10 children of whom 7 survived. John(18) single also works as an Iron Moulder, Robert(16) is a Ship Platers Helper. The four younger children are George(8), Elizabeth(5), Gertrude(3) and Mary Margaret is one year old.


L/Cpl. William Waddle

British Army 1/5th Btn. Northumberland Fusiliers


(d.12th Apr 1916)

William Waddle, Private 3674, enlisted in Walker and served in the 1st/5th Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers. He died on the 12th April 1916 and is remembered at St. Pauls Church, he is buried in La Laiterie Military Cemetery. His medal card shows the award of the 1915 Star, War and Victory Medals. it also shows he held the rank of Corporal probably on a temporary basis.

William was born in Jarrow 1893, son of William and Jane Waddle. From an Ancestry search of the 1901 census his family are living at 196 Hope Street, Jarrow. His father William(38) is a Ships Plater in the shipyard and his mother Jane(41) has eight children living there. Robert(18), Frances(14), John(16), Ann(12), Ethel(10), William(8), Mary(3) and Joseph is 1 year old. A marriage search shows William Waddle and Matilda Robson married in the Quarter Jan-Mar 1914 with address given as 20 Queens Road Back Jarrow.


S/Sgt. Frederick Wade

British Army attd. West African Regiment, WAFF Army Ordnance Corps

(d.8th October 1914)

Staff Serjeant Wade was buried in the Douala Cemetery in the Cameroons, Grave 21.


Rfmn. William Wade

British Army 12th Btn. Royal Irish Rifles

from:Ballymoney, Co. Antrim

(d.2nd Jun 1917)

On the morning of 2 June 1917, during the preparations for the Battle of Messines Ridge, three young Ballymoney friends, Rifleman Wade, Rifleman Hanna, Lance Corporal McCoubrey were killed when a single shell landed in the midst of their group. A fourth friend, Rifleman George Wales, was fortunately sheltered from the direct blast though was injured by the shell. Wade, Hanna and McCoubrey and were buried together in Pond Farm Cemetery.


Rflmn. William Wade

British Army 9th Batallion Rifle Brigade


(d.11th May 1916)


Gnr. Thomas William Wadey

British Army 32nd How. Bty. Royal Garrison Artillery

from:Willington Quay

(d.3rd Dec 1915)

Thomas William Wadey, Gunner 3291, served in 32nd T Howitzer Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery and died age 36 on the 3rd December 1915. He is remembered at St. Paul's Church and is buried in Menin Road Military Cemetery. His medal card records the award of the 1915 Star initially under the above reference, but the later award of the War and Victory Medals are recorded under 235 Siege Battery RGA with Regimental No. 278291.

William was born at Willington Quay, Wallsend 1879 son of Thomas William and Elizabeth Charlotte Wadey nee Dadd. He married Catherine Wadey nee Monaghan and is brother in law to William and Frank Monaghan who are also remembered in St. Paul's Church. In the 1911 census Thomas(32) is a Farm Labourer and Catherine, his wife of 11 years, has borne 6 children with 4 surviving. Mary Alice is 6, Olive 4, Margaret 2 and Elizabeth Ann is 4 months old. They are living at 18 Robensworth Street Willington Quay.


Gnr. Thomas William Wadey

British Army 32nd Trench Howitzer Battery Royal Garrison Artillery


(d.3rd Dec 1915)

Thomas William Wadey died on 3rd December 1915 at the age of 36 whilst serving with the 32nd Trench Howitzer Battery. He was the husband of Catherine Wadey (nee Monaghan) of 46 Lord Street, Jarrow. Son of Thomas William and Charlotte Elizabeth Wadey (nee Dadd) of Willington Quay, Wallsend. On the 1911 census Thomas William Wadey age 32 is recorded as a Farm Labourer with his wife Catherine Wadey and children at 18 Ravensworth Street Willington Quay, Wallsend.

Thomas William Wadey is buried in Menin Road South Military Cemetery and is commemorated on the Triptych in St. Paul's Church, Jarrow. Brother in law of William and Frank Monaghan who were also of the fallen and also commemorated on the Triptych in St. Paul's Church, Jarrow.


Pte. George Ernest Wadge

British Army 3rd Battalion Royal Fusiliers

(d.24th May 1915)

George Wadge was killed in action, he was only fighting for 12 days before he was killed.


Pte. John Wadham

British Army 24th (Tyneside Irish) Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers


John Wadhams photo is in Irish heroes. He was discharged in 1918 sick


Act/Cpl. Alfred Wadlow

British Army 1st Battalion Royal Scots

from:Clapham Common, London

(d.3rd May 1915)

Alfred Wadlow of the 1st Battalion Royal Scots was lost at the age of 22 during fighting at Sanctuary Wood, Zillebeke, Belgium. Son of Elizabeth Wadlow of 38 Alfriston Road, Clapham Common, London. Alfred is remembered in Ypres at the Menin Gate.


Pte. James Charles Waggett

British Army 9th Btn. Welsh Regiment

from:170 Monier Road, Old Ford, London

(d.7th Jun 1917)


David "Waggs" Waggott

British Army 20th Btn. Durham Light Infantry


Pte. David Waggott

British Army 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry


Pte. George Shield "Sharkey" Waggott MM

British Army 10th Service Btn. Durham Light Infantry

from:Bewicke Main, Co. Durham


Gnr. Jack Waghorn

British Army Royal Artillery

Gunner Jack Waghorn was in the Carmarthen Red Cross Hospital on November 18th 1918 when he signed my wife's grandmother's autograph book/diary.


Sapper Sydney James Waghorne

Royal Engineers 1/1 Kent Field Company


Sydney James Waghorne enlisted with the 1/1st Kent Royal Engineers on 10/19/1914 at the age of 19. After training, on October 15th 1915, their field company was sent to Egypt and then on to Gallipoli attached to the 2nd Mounted Division. He was one of many evacuated in December with dysentery and recovered in Malta and then Gibraltar. Released by the Army doctors on 9/11/1916, Sydney was reassigned to the Western Front near the Somme River. His main duty was laying and keeping communications lines opened between the front and G.H.Q. While repairing 1 line up on a pole, a German shell exploded at the base and blew him off the pole. It was joked by his buddies that the only reason he didn't suffer serious injury or even death, was because he landed on his head. Sydney served until 2/22/1919. He moved to Wichita Falls, Texas to seek his fortune. Eventually, he moved his widow mom and 5 sisters there to live with him. During the Great War, Sydney passed time writing poetry, drawing cartoons of his commander.


Spr. Sydney St.James Waghorne

British Army 1/1st Kent Field Coy. Royal Engineers


Sydney Waghorne, my Grandfather, enlisted on October 19th 1914 at the age of 19 years. His brother and him joined the 1/1st Kent Field Royal Engineers. Their first action was in October 1915 Gallipoli. While shipping over to the war front from Malta, the HMS Hythe was sunk during tragic accident. My grandfather lost many of his childhood friends even before he saw enemy. By the time he reached Sulva Bay, Gallipoli had already become a lost cause.

As a lineman for communications, it was a nightmare. The lines were in the trenches with the men often being trampled on and broken. Dysentery was decimating the troops and a surprise winter storm and days of rain, many died. During the evacuation in mid December, grandfather was one of those affected loaded until a hospital ship and taken back to Malta and then Gibraltar to recover from Dysentery.

Due to the tragedy of the HMS Hythe, he was reassigned to the 1/3rd Kent Field Company as a replacement under the London Signal Corp and the 29th Division. During the Battle of Ypres he was injured by a German shell while repairing a line. After another brief stay in the hospital, he served out the reminder of the war and marched into Germany with the 29th Division. He served 4 years and 127 days and earned the British 1914-15 Star, The British War Medal and the Allied Victory Medal. Months after the war, he set sail to Canada and eventually settled in Wichita Falls, Texas until his day of passing in 1950.


Rflmn. Thomas Patrick Wagner

British Army 16th (Church Lads Brigade) Btn. King's Royal Rifle Corps

from:Cork, Ireland

(d.6th Nov 1916)


L/Cpl. Albert Victor Wagstaff

British Army 1st Btn. Devonshire Regiment

from:Sidford, Sidmouth

(d.25th May 1915)


Pte. John Wagstaff

British Army 19th Battalion Lancashire Fusiliers

from:Radcliffe, Manchester

(d.13th Oct 1918)

My great great uncle lived in Radcliffe, Manchester. He was in the 19th battalion for the Lancashire Fusiliers and died in Haspres, France. He was shot in the head on 13th october 1918 during night duty 2 days after sending a telegram to his family saying he would be home for Xmas and to get the turkey in the oven. He was only 23 when killed


Cpl. John William Wagstaff

British Army 1/7th Battalion Duke of Wellington's West Riding Regiment


(d.1st Oct 1915)

John Wagstaff was born on the 5th November 1893, he was the son of Joseph & Emma of Cliffe End Longwood, Huddersfield and was educated at Lindley Church of England school. He was then employed as a finisher at J Crowther & sons Milnsbridge.

He had been a member of the Territorials since 10th July 1911 and re-enlisted on the 23rd of October 1914. They embarked to France on 15th of April 1915, and he was killed in action, shot in the head by a sniper, on the 1st of October 1915. He is buried at Bard Cottage Cemetery, Boesinghe, Belgium.


Pte. Albert Edward Wahlstrom

Australian Imperial Force. 36th Btn.

from:11 Suttor St, Alexandria, NSW


Pte. Albert Edward Wahlstrom

Australian Imperial Force 36th Btn.

Albert Edward Wahlstrom served with the 36th Btn. AIF.


Pte. Albert Edward Wahlstrom

Australian Imperial Forces 36th Infantry Battalion

from:11 Sutton Street, Alexandria, Sydney, New South Wales

Albert Wahlstrom served with 36th Infantry Battalion AIF (6th Reinforcement).

Grave of Albert Edward & Ruby Lillian (nee Anthes) Wahlstrom. Eastern Suburbs Memorial Park Cemetery, Matraville NSW

Grave of Albert Edward & Ruby Lillian (nee Anthes) Wahlstrom. Eastern Suburbs Memorial Park Cemetery, Matraville NSW


Private Francis James Wailey

Army Manchester Regiment

from:Kirkdale, Liverpool

(d.10th November 1917)

This is a picture of my grandad, Sgt Thomas Farrell (on the right) and his wife's uncle (in the middle), Francis James Wailey, 1/7th Manchester Regiment, Service No 295124, who was killed on 10th November 1917 and is buried at Coxyde Military Cemetery.

He was the husband of Rose Wailey of 20 Wolsey Street, Stanley Road, Kirkdale, Liverpool.


Capt. Richard William Leslie Wain VC.

British Army Manchester Regiment


(d.20th Nov 1917)

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