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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.

Vin Mullen



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.

s flynn



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.

Tricia Kendrick



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.

Daniel



Pte. John Crow Waddle .     British Army 14th Btn Durham Light Infantry   from Jarrow

(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.

Vin Mullen



L/Cpl. William Waddle .     British Army 1/5th Btn. Northumberland Fusiliers   from Jarrow

(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.

Vin Mullen



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.

S. Flynn



Rflmn. William Wade .     British Army 9th Batallion Rifle Brigade   from Tottenham

(d.11th May 1916)

Jane Coomer



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.

Vin Mullen



Gnr. Thomas William Wadey .     British Army 32nd Trench Howitzer Battery Royal Garrison Artillery   from Jarrow

(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.

Vin Mullen



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.

Laura Fishwick



Pte. John Wadham .     British Army 24th (Tyneside Irish) Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers   from Gateshead

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

Lynne



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.

Vin Mullen



Pte. James Charles Waggett .     British Army 9th Btn. Welsh Regiment   from 170 Monier Road, Old Ford, London

(d.7th Jun 1917)

Timothy Poole



David "Waggs" Waggott .     British Army 20th Btn. Durham Light Infantry

David Waggott



Pte. David Waggott .     British Army 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry




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.

Chris Adams



Sapper Sydney James Waghorne .     Royal Engineers 1/1 Kent Field Company   from Tonbrigde

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.

James Kent Waghorne



Spr. Sydney St.James Waghorne .     British Army 1/1st Kent Field Coy. Royal Engineers   from Tonbridge

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)

Thomas



L/Cpl. Albert Victor Wagstaff .     British Army 1st Btn. Devonshire Regiment   from Sidford, Sidmouth

(d.25th May 1915)

Tom Lee



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

Sophie Lomax



Cpl. John William Wagstaff .     British Army 1/7th Battalion Duke of Wellington's West Riding Regiment   from Huddersfield

(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.

Geoff Turner



Pte. Albert Edward Wahlstrom .     Australian Imperial Force. 36th Btn.   from 11 Suttor St, Alexandria, NSW

Mark Robert Wahlstrom



Pte. Albert Edward Wahlstrom .     Australian Imperial Force 36th Btn.

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

Mark Robert Wahlstrom



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.

Jackie Dunn



Capt. Richard William Leslie Wain VC..     British Army Manchester Regiment   from Wales

(d.20th Nov 1917)

S. Flynn



Capt. Richard William Leslie Wain VC..     British Army 25th Btn. att. A Bn. Tank Corps Manchester Regiment   from Cardiff, Wales

(d.20th Nov 1917)

Richard Wain was killed in action on the 20th of November 1917, aged 20 and commemorated on The Cambrai Memorial in France. He was the son of Florence E. Wain, of Woodside, The Avenue, Llandaff, Cardiff, and the late Harris Wain.

An extract from The London Gazette, dated 13th Feb., 1918, records the following:- "For most conspicuous bravery in command of a section of Tanks. During an attack the Tank in which he was, was disabled by a direct hit near an enemy strong point which was holding up the attack. Capt. Wain and one man, both seriously wounded, were the only survivors. Though bleeding profusely from his wounds, he refused the attention of stretcher-bearers, rushed from behind the Tank with a Lewis gun, and captured the strong point, taking about half the garrison prisoners. Although his wounds were very serious he picked up a rifle and continued to fire at the retiring enemy until he received a fatal wound in the head. It was due to the valour displayed by Capt. Wain that the infantry were able to advance."

s flynn



Pte William George Wain .     British Army 9th Batt Royal Warwickshire Regiment   from Wootton Wawen

William Wain served in the Royal Warwickshire Regiment during WW1. His brother, George, also served in the same regiment. William survived the war and lived until 1968. George died in France in 1918 and is buried at Terlincthun British Cemetery. William's baby son also died in 1918, aged three, from Spanish Flu. William kept the black bordered letters he received informing him of the deaths.

His wife, Louisa, stayed in the village of Wootton Wawen throughout the war, caring for their other child, Margaret (Madge). When the couple were reunited after the war, they had one more child, Betty.

Sandra Haynes



Pte. William Wain .     British Army 3rd Dragoon Guards

William Wain was a high experienced soldier serving over 37 years in the Army. Prior to being deployed with the BEF he had seen active service in 6 campaigns the first being in South Africa in 1881 followed by Egypt 1882, Khartoum 1884-1885, Black Mountain Expedition (India) 1887 and the South African War 1889-1902.

Goodsell




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