World War I
CASUALTIES ON THE
(Surnames Wi (part 2 of 2, Wicks to
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Joseph (John?) Henry Waight, G/5967, was born in London
and christened on 4 April 1888 at Christchurch. His
parents were George William Waight, a lighterman, and
his wife Elizabeth Rose, née Greagsby, who had
married in 1886.
His mother died on 1 June, just after Joseph was born,
and he was brought up in Dover by his aunt, Sarah
Jane, née Waight, and her husband, Thomas George
In 1891 the family were living at 5 Bulwark Street, when
Thomas was a mariner, and then years later they were
living at 10 Percival Terrace, with Thomas working as a
sawyer's labourer. George, Joseph's father, remarried,
to Maria Jane Ridley, in 1890.
lived and enlisted in Dover and became G/5967, a
Private in C company of the 2nd battalion of the Buffs.
He died of wounds on 5th May 1915, when he was 27, at
the Rawal Pindi British General Hospital, Wimereux, and
is buried at Wimereux communal cemetery in France, 1 G
His wife was Ellen Waight, née Hulkes from 155 Clarendon
Street, where in 1911 she had been living with her
mother Eliza Jane, a widow. The couple married in
1913, and in 1914 the couple possibly had a son,
Joseph H T Waight. In 1918 Mrs Waight remarried, to
Victor Charles Vidler, and the family lived at 1
Beaconsfield Villa, Hardwick Road, Maxton, Dover, from
which address Mrs Vidler applied for her first husband's
medals. Mrs Vidler was living at 12 North Street when Mr
Vidler died in 1931.
Thomas Walter Wall, 168982, was a Gunner in the 90th
Brigade of the Royal Field Artillery. (Another report
says he was a Signaller, from the Brigade HQ staff,
and formerly of the 2.1st Kent Battery, Territorial RFA). He was 19 when he
died from wounds received in action on 23rd October 1916. He is buried at Etaples
military cemetery in France, VIII C 9.
He enlisted and lived in Dover, and was the son of Thomas and Mary Ann Wall, of 8 Millais
Road, Dover. They referred to him as their "beloved son".
The stone at Charlton cemetery reads:
our dear mother
Phoebe Ann Finch
who passed away 17th Nov 1921
in her 85th year
|also of our dear son
Gunr T. W. Wall RFA
died of wounds 23rd Oct 1916 aged 18 years
interred Etaples cemetery
Waller, F. W.
Frederick William Waller, 3/11187, was a Company Serjeant Major
(Wo class 2) in the 8th battalion of the Duke of
Wellington's (West Riding Regiment). He was killed in
action on 7th
August 1915, at the age of 38, and is remembered on the Helles Memorial,
He was born in Kamptee, India, but enlisted in Dover.
His wife was Charlotte Waller, of 41 Maison Dieu Road,
Dover, earlier of 55 Snargate Street, Dover, and she
referred to him as her "dearly beloved husband", wishing
him to rest in peace.
Walsh, P. J.
Percy John Walsh, 8639, was a Rifleman in the 2nd
battalion of the Royal Irish Rifles. Born in Newry,
County Down, he enlisted in Dublin.
In 1911 he was stationed at the Citadel Barracks on the
Western Heights in Dover. In 1912 he married Mabel
Susannah Moore in Dover. She was the daughter of Richard
Moore, a railway guard, and his wife, Elizabeth, and in
1911, aged 22, she was living with them at 46 Limekiln
Street and working in a laundry. Mr and Mrs Walsh had
one daughter, Eileen.
Rifleman Walsh was killed in action on 26 October 1914,
and is commemorated on the Le Touret Memorial in France.
On 8 May 1916 at Holy Trinity, Dover, Mrs Walsh, then
living at 68 Limekiln Street, remarried. Her new husband
was Charles William Harris. He was a Sergeant in the 1st
Battalion of the East Surreys, then stationed at the
Grand Shaft Barracks, Western Heights.
In 1924 Mrs Harris, living at 25 Victoria Dwellings,
requested that Percy's name should be commemorated on
Dover Memorial. Mrs Harris had also previously lived at
220 Old Folkestone Road.
Walter, E. J.
Edward James Walter, G/9460, was a Private in the 2nd or 4th battalion of the
Middlesex Regiment (Duke of Cambridge's Own). .
He was born in Dover and enlisted there on 21 March
1915, going over to Mill Hill four days later. He was 35
years and nine months on enlistment, and had been
employed as a Miner. His last tour of duty with the BEF
began on 17 August 1915, and he
was killed in action on 25th January 1916.
He is buried at the Cite Bonjean Military Cemetery, Armentieres
in France, IX E 48
was Emily Eliza Walter, nee Bowman, whom he'd married at
Charlton on 26 March 1899. They had seven children:
George Alexander, born 11 August 1899, Fred Ernest(?),
born 1 July 1901, William Henry, born 1 May 1902, Jessie
Emma Margaret, born 27 January 1906, Emily, born 12 July
1907, Daisy Annie, born 12 December 1908, and Helen,
born 10 July 1911. All the children were born in Dover.
Three of his sons are pictured with him
(above, left). The picture that appeared in the
newspaper after his death (centre) was taken from this
attestation Joyce Banks
Ward, S. G.
Sydney George Ward, T/203220, was a Private in D company of the
1st/4th battalion of the Buffs (East Kent Regiment). He
was 23 when he died on 16th August 1918. He is buried in Ranikhet New Cemetery
Plot B, Row 11, Grave 232,
and remembered on the Madras
1914-1918 memorial, Chennai, India, Face 8.
He was born in Faversham in Kent, and enlisted and lived
in Dover. He was the son of Arthur Allan Ward
(1874-1973) and Alice
Alexandria, née Fisher, who married in Faversham in
1893. He had also three sisters, all born in Dover:
Minnie Gladys in 1897, who married Charles Fittall in
1917, Emily May in 1901, who married
Arthur Beer in Dover in 1927, and Winifred Alice, born
in 1909, who married Cyril Lambert in 1937 in Dover. A
son, Sidney, was born to Mr and Mrs Fittall in 1918.
Charles Fittall died in 1949.
William Waters, 8593, was a Private in the King's Own
(Royal Lancaster Regiment). He was in the 1st battalion.
He died on 17th September 1914 and is commemorated on La
Ferte-sous-Jouarre Memorial in France.
Born and enlisting in Liverpool, he was the husband of Lottie Mabel Waters, of 3 West
"He's gone, the one we loved so dear,
To his eternal rest.
He's gone to heaven we have no fear,
To be forever blest." (Oct 1914)
Watson. A. V. C.
A. V. C. Watson - might this be Charles Albert Victor
Watson, born Cardiff?
George Watson, 9181, was born in Folkestone and enlisted
in Dover, and was a Private in the Loyal North
Lancashire Regiment, 2nd battalion, with the Labour
Corps, as 671630.
He lived at Enfield, Middlesex, and died there on 1st
November 1918, being buried at Edmonton Cemetery,
Middlesex in the United Kingdom.
Watson, R. C.
Robert Charles Watson, G18662, was known as "Micky". He
was a Private in the 7th battalion of The Buffs,
and was reported missing on 3 May 1917.
He is commemorated on the Arras memorial.
He enlisted and lived in Dover, and was the youngest son of
Robert Watson and his wife, Catherine, of Bench
Street, Dover, who previously had lived at 24 Wyndham
Hamlets. In 1891 the family were living at the back
premises of 187 Snargate Street, with Mr Watson working
as a fireman on a steamship, and two children at home,
Edith Maria, 4, and Harry James, 7 months. By 1901 they
were at 5 East Street, with Mr Watson working as the
stoker of a stationery boiler. At home then were Edith,
then a packer in a steam laundry, Harry, Lily Florence,
8, Kathleen Alice, 5, and Charles Robert, 3. By
1911 Mrs Catherine Watson, employed as a laundry maid,
was living at Round Tower Cottage, Priory Hill, with
Lily, then a laundry maid, Kathleen, a domestic, and
Robert. Two children had died; one was Alexander, who
died as a tiny baby.
Mr and Mrs Watson had another son, Harry, and three sons-in-law
serving. The sons-in-law were probably Thomas William
Foad, a seaman, whom Lily had married on 7 February 1912
at St Bartholomew, Charlton (enlisting as Private in the
Buffs on 8 November 1915), William Alfred Cornish, the
husband of Edith Maria Watson; the couple married on 1
January 1905 at St Bartholomew, Charlton, and William C.
Sims of Slade's Green, whom Kathleen had married at St
Augustine's church, Slade's Green, in May 1916
The notes below were from wreaths laid on Armistice Day
"In loving memory of my dear son and our brother, Pte R
C Watson, The Buffs, missing - From Mother, Sisters, and
Brothers-in-law. "Ever Remembered""
"In loving memory of our dear uncle, Pte R C Watson, The
Buffs, From CSM and Mrs Edwards, Shirley and Derek
Watts, A. H.
Arthur Herbert Watts, L/10044, was a Lance-Corporal, but was
made Sergeant of the Field. He served in the 1st
battalion of the Buffs. He died in action on 21st July 1916, and
is buried at the South Menin Road cemetery in Belgium.
Born in Deal, and enlisting and living in Dover, he was the son of Mr Walter and Mrs Edith Watts of 4
Bulwark Street, later of 38 Old Folkestone Road, Dover.
He is on the right in the picture, and on the left is
his brother Walter (below), who also fell.
Watts, W. E. A.
Walter Edward Alfred Watts, G/5428, pictured above with
his brother, was also
born in Deal and lived in Dover, but enlisted in
Canterbury. He became
a Private in the 6th battalion of the Buffs. He was 22 when he died on
3rd July 1916, having returned to active service after
convalescing from wounds received at the Front.
He is buried at Lonsdale cemetery, Authuile, France.
right - in memoriam July 1942
Wayte, J. N.
John Nathan Wayte, T/2181, was a Private in the 1/4th
battalion of The Buffs. He was born, enlisted, and lived
in Dover. Aged 20 years and 9 months, he was
accidentally drowned at Kampte, India, on 19th February 1915. The
Buffs had gone to India the previous October.
He is commemorated on the Kirkee 1914-1918 Memorial in India.
He was "the beloved son" and youngest son of Thomas and Mary Wayte, from
170 Clarendon Street, Dover. He had served in the
special reserve of The Buffs at Canterbury, and
afterwards had joined the Oxford and Bucks Light
Infantry, being stationed at Aldershot. He was
unfortunately discharged as medically unfit. He had
worked at Snowdown Colliery for a considerable period.
Where John was drowned was where his parents had been
first stationed in India. Mr Wayte was a pensioner from
the RGA, and had gone out to India in 1863, and was
stationed in various areas for over eighteen years. One
of his daughters, Mary, was born in Burma. After
returning he worked a couple of years at Dover Castle
before leaving the service and then completing over
twenty years in the Ordnance Department. Mr Wayte died
on 2 August 1916, after suffering a stroke on 22 July,
and was buried at St James, with a party from the RGA
acting as bearers and followers.
John's brothers and brothers-in-law were all serving.
George was in the 1st Mountain Battery of India, Tom in
the RHA at the Front, and had previously served in the
South African war, and Ernest in the 32nd Company of the
RGA. Brotheers-in-law were Private Watts, a reservist
formerly employed by the SECR who had rejoined in August
1914 and was serving in the Royal Lancaster Regiment,
having been a reservist, and
A sudden change to Gods command he fell,
no chance to bid his friends farewell,
Affliction came, without warning given,
him haste to meet God in heaven.
with thanks to Joyce
Webb, H. C.
Henry (Harry) Charles Webb, G/29723, was a Private in the
10th battalion of the Queen's Own (Royal
West Kent Regiment), who had lived at 134 Union Road,
Dover. He died on 25th October 1918.
He was born in Bekesbourne, and enlisted in Canterbury.
Mrs Mackenzie, from 49 Union Road, was his next
David Welch, D5236, was in the Royal Army Medical Corps,
attached to the 149th RN Field Ambulance of the 63rd RN
division, Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve.
He died on 27th September 1918, at the age of 26, and is
buried at the Louverval Military Cemetery, Doignies,
He was born in Auchterderran, Fife, Scotland, and he
enlisted in Perth.
He was the son-in-law of Mrs M Foster of 1 Percival
Terrace, Winchelsea, Dover.
George James Wellard, G/1354, had been a well-known fruit
and fish seller before he enlisted in Canterbury. He joined the 2nd
battalion of the Buffs as a Private when war began, and
was wounded on 3 April 1915. After a few days
convalescence he went back to the firing line, and was
then reported wounded and missing on 24 April. By 12
August his death was confirmed. He was 34, and is
commemorated on the Menin Gate memorial in Belgium.
He was born in "Uffam", Dover, the son of
Lewis George Wellard and his wife Eliza. In 1891 the
family were living at 1 Bowling Green Lane, a lodging
house of which Mr Wellard was the manager. Children at
home then were Lewis George, 16, a pony cart driver,
Albert Edward, 6, Arthur C, 2, and Ernest W, four
months, as well as George James, 11. Annie Louise was
born in 1893. Mr Wellard died in 1895 at the age of 46,
and Mrs Wellard remarried in 1898 to William Burnap, a
painter and decorator.
George married in 1905 to Minnie Florence Smith. The
couple had several children, amongst them George Smith,
Percy, and Arthur. In 1911 they were living at 4
Pleasnat Row. Minnie later lived at 9 Seven Star
George Wellard was cousin-by-marriage to
casualties Eddie and Henry
Crascall and brother-in-law to
Walter Albert Mills
Wells, A. J.
Arthur John Wells, 35960, was in the Machine Gun Corps
(Infantry). He was a Private in the 37th battalion. He
was formerly 9405 in The Buffs.
was killed in action on 26th August 1918, after two and
a half years service, and is buried at Gommecourt Wood
new cemetery, Fonquevillers in France.
Born at St Mary's and enlisting in Dover, he was the son of the late Mr A J Wells and Mrs Wells,
who lived at 75a Biggin Street. Their other son, S. Wells
(right) was also serving, with the Royal West Kents in
There is another Arthur John Wells, also from Dover, who
lost his life in the Great War. He was L/9498, a Private
in the 2nd battalion of The Buffs. He was born at
Buckland, Dover and lived in
Dover, but enlisted in
Canterbury. He died in action on 25th February 1915 and
is commemorated on the Menin Gate.
The gravestone, left, is at St Andrews, Buckland. It
Loving Memory of Alfred
George Wells. Who
died as a result of a railway accident at the Crosswall
Gates on June 3rd 1916. Aged 27
Ernest Wells, Who
died of wounds received in action, December 3rd 1918. Aged 19
the memory of Arthur
in action in France, February 25th 1915. Aged 20
years. "In the
midst of life we are in death"
Ernest Wells, 46753, was born in Dover and lived at 1
Brookfield, Place, Buckland. He was a volunteer before
he joined up at Canterbury to become a Rifleman in the Rifle Brigade, and
was posted to the 2nd/10th battalion of the London Regiment
(Prince Consort's Own) (formerly TR/13/58251TR).
He died of wounds 3rd December 1918, when he was 19. He
was buried on 7th December at Buckland cemetery in Dover, United Kingdom,
The ceremony was conducted by a senior Chaplain to the Forces.
He was the
son of the late Mr and Mrs Wells, of Dover.
William West, 2116, was a Rifleman in the 4th battalion of the
Rifle Brigade (Prince Consort's Own). He enlisted at
Chatham. He was drowned at sea from the SS
Princess Alberta, on 21st February 1917, and is
commemorated on the Mikra Memorial, Greece. He was 31.
He was born at Dover, and lived at Temple Ewell.
He was the son of John and Frances West, of 4 Dour
Terrace, Temple Ewell, Dover.
Whiles, T. P.
Thomas Percy Whiles, G/29544, was a Private in the 10th
battalion of the Queen's Own (Royal West Kents). He was
born in Dover and enlisted in Canterbury. He died
on 25 October 1918, and is buried at the Harlebeke New
British Cemetery, Belgium, II C 12. He is also
commemorated on St Mary's memorial.
Born in 1899, he was the son of Thomas Whiles and his
wife Louisa, formerly Mercer. Mr Whiles was a general
labourer, born in Brenchley, Kent,
while Mrs Whiles had been born in Yalding, Maidstone.
The couple were married in 1883 in Dover. In 1891 the
couple were living at Poutts Cottages, Yalding, with
their six-month daughter, Florence (Ermyntrude), with Mr
Whiles working as a general labourer. They had moved by
1901 to 34 Adrian Street, where they had been joined by
Louisa Matilda Olive, born 23 November 1894 (given as
1892 in the 1939 register), and by Thomas Percy. By 1911
the family had moved to 3 Youdens Court, Dover, and had
another daughter, Nora Annie, born in the Bridge area in
1903. One other child had died, possibly infant Albert
Edwin A, in 1890.
In 1924 Mr and Mrs Whiles laid a wreath at the memorial
"In affectionate remembrance". On Armistice Day 1928,
another wreath was laid for "Sgt A. G. Smith and Pte P.
Whiles" (sic). Mr Whiles died on 19 March
1932 at the Dover infirmary, aged 78. He was described
as being "late of the RGA", and was given a
semi-military funeral with a gun carriage, and bearers
and two buglers from the Lincolnshire regiment. Mrs
Whiles, then at 72 Beaufoy Road, died on 10 April 1938,
aged 73, her funeral leaving from her daughter Louisa's
home at 25 Astor Avenue. The couple are buried at St
the brother-in-law of
Smith, who married Thomas' sister Louisa in 1911.
Whiteman, E. G.
Evelyn Guy Whiteman, D3258, enlisted in Canterbury, and was
a Sergeant in B squadron of the 4th
Dragoon Guards (Royal Irish) (Household Cavalry and
Cavalry of the Line including Yeomanry and Imperial
Camel Corps). He was struck by a shell at Pecy on 6
September 1914 when advancing in the firing line, and
died three minutes afterwards in the arms of the
Squadron Sergeant Major, without regaining
He was 24
He was buried by his comrades at Pecy, who, according to
their Captain, R McGillycuddy, deplored his loss and
expressed their sincere sympathy to his parents, and is
now recorded at
the Perreuse Chateau Franco-British National Cemetery,
France, 1 D 34.
Born in Sandhurst, Hawkhurst, Kent, he was the son of Nelson,
a tram driver, and Eliza Hannah Whiteman, from
"Woodlands", River, Dover, and lived in Dover
(18 Buckland Avenue?).
On 29th September 1915 a
memorial service was held for him and a number of other
parishioners lost in the war at Buckland church, Dover.
Wickes, T. R. E.
Thomas Raymond Edward Wickes, 910689, had worked for Mr
Hogbin of Woolcomber Street before enlisting in Dover. He joined
the Royal Field Artillery and became a driver in the
He was killed on 4th May 1917, in Mesopotamia, when he
was 19 years old. He had been riding the lead horse in a
gun team, but in the rough conditions had fallen off and
then been run over. He is commemorated on the Basra
memorial, in modern Iraq.
He was born in Dover, one of five children, four brothers and a sister,
and he was the second son of the late
Thomas Wickes of Dover and Mrs Fishbourne of 13 Lowther
with thanks to Mr
Wickham, C. E.
Charles Edward Wickham, 68089, was a Private in the 7th
battalion of the Royal Fusiliers (City of London
Regiment) (formerly 6858 2/5th Queen's Royal West Surrey
Regiment). He enlisted and lived in Paddington. He was 29 when he died
on 30 December 1917, and is commemorated on the Thiepval memorial
Born in Dover, he was the eldest son of
Mr George Henry ("Harry") Wickham and his wife Emily Jane,
née Sawyer, of 19
Clarendon Place, Dover. The couple had married in 1887.
They had made their home at 10 Ladywell Place by 1891,
with Mr Wickham working as an ostler; Charles was
then aged 2. By 1901 Charles had a brother, Henry, just
one month old, and two sisters, Emily, 4, and Gladys, 2.
They were living at 84 Clarendon Street, and Mr Wickham
had become a marine porter. Ten years later, living at
19 Clarendon Place, Mr Wickham had become a house
painter. Charles had left home; he was in lodgings at 1
Birley Street in Battersea and working as a chemist.
Two years later he married Grace Sparling in the
Paddington area. They had two daughters, Eileen in 1914
and Joan in 1916. Mrs Wickham later moved to 17 North Road,
Henry (Harry) Wickham was the brother of Frank and
William (below), thus Charles was their nephew. For many
years Charles' family laid a wreath at the Town Memorial
each Armistice Day, and inserted In Memoriam notices in
the local newspaper.
|(above) In Memoriam December
(left) In Memoriam
with thanks to Simon
Frank Wickham, 260279, enlisted in Dover, and was in the 1st/6th battalion
the Royal Warwickshire Regiment (formerly 2746 of The Buffs).
A family story is that he was on his way home to England
when he died of
wounds in Havre hospital on 13 October 1917,
when he was 40. He may have been
wounded at the battle
of Broodseinde Ridge, on 4
He now lies at Sainte Marie cemetery, Le Havre in
France. The words at the bottom of his headstone read,
Born at Hougham, he was the son of the late Police Constable
George William Wickham and his wife Eliza Ann, née Church.
In 1871 they were living at 5 Adrian Court, Dover, with
their children George, then 4, and Alice Louisa, then
just 1. Mr Wickham was working as an upholsterer
warehouseman. By 1881 Mr Wickham had become a Police
Constable, and the family had moved to Bowling Green
Terrace. Alice had died the year before, but the family
had been joined by four other children; Edith Annie, 9,
Ellen Bertha, 7, William Ernest, 5, and Frank, 3.
PC Wickham died in 1886, aged 46, and in 1891 Mrs
Wickham, living at 9 Bowling Green Hill, was working as
a shop assistant. Her daughter Edith was a domestic
servant, while William was helping by working as an
errand boy. Frank was still at school.
By 1901 Frank was working as a Bell Diver's Assistant,
helping to construct Dover
The next year, 1902, on Christmas Day, Frank married
Annie Ashby. The
couple had six children, all
born in Dover: Ellen May, born 1903, Agnes Eliza, 1905, Frederick
Frank, 1906, Harry George,
William, 1910, and Annie, 1912. There was probably also
another daughter, Bertha, who died as a baby in 1907.
The family were, in 1911, living at 5 Durham Hill, with
their father still working as a Diver's Attendant.
William, below, was Frank's brother, and Charles, above,
was his nephew, the son of his brother George.
In memoriam 10 October 1919
Frank, born 1910, served as Sergeant in The Buffs in
WWII. He was taken Prisoner of War. He survived, and on
22 September 1945 at St Paul's RC Church, Dover, married
Rosalie Mary Smith from 6 Caroline Place, Dover.
with thanks to Simon Randle
Wickham, W. E.
William Ernest Wickham,
G/13557, was a Serjeant in the Buffs. He was in the 6th
battalion and had gained the Territorial Force
Efficiency Medal. He had joined the Territorials, 4th
Buffs, on 20 April 1908 at Herne Bay and re-engaged
several times. He became a Corporal in 1910. On 9
September 1914, at Margate, he signed an agreement to
accept liability in the event of a National Emergency to
serve in any place outside the United Kingdom. To denote
this he was entitled to wear a badge on the right breast
of his uniform.
went to Aden on 5 August 1915 and served there until 4
February 1916. On 16 January 1917 he was
posted to the 6th Buffs , and appears to have joined
them in the field just a fortnight or so before he went
missing on 3 May 1917. His body was never found; he is commemorated on the Arras Memorial in France.
the husband of Eliza Jane Wickham, née Foad, of 1 York Terrace,
King's Road, Herne Bay, Kent, in which town he had enlisted.
The couple had married in 1897, and in 1901 they were
living at 1 Orchard Road, Herne, Blean, with William
working as a house decorator. They then had two
children, Ethel Bertha, 3, and Ernest William, 1.
family had moved by 1911, to 1 Hanover Street, Herne
Bay. There they had two more sons, Charles George, 10,
and Frederick Arthur, 3. Two other children had died in
infancy. When he enlisted his sister, then Mrs Edith
Annie Pout, was also living at Herne Bay, at 23 Stanley
Road. She had three children; William, Alice, and Frank.
Born in Christchurch (Dover),
William was the brother to Frank, above, and an
uncle to Charles, above
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