war memorial at dusk, photographed by Michelle Cooper

World War I



Surnames V

Vassey, W. A.
William Alfred Vassey was born on 26 August 1898 and christened on 23 October at the church of St Mary the Virgin, Dover. He was the son of Nathaniel James Vassey and his first wife, Sarah Ann, formerly Chatwin. The couple had married in Dover in 1889. They began their married life at 3 Tower Street, where, in 1891, Mr Vassey was working as a painter and they had been joined by their first son, Alexander.

Between 1895 and 1910 Mr Vassey was the landlord of The Griffin, at 2 Folkestone Road, Dover. By 1911 the family had been joined by four more children; Alexander, then 9, daughters Florence, then 7, and Edith, aged 5, and William, then 2.

Mrs Vassey died at St Peter's, Broadstairs, on 4 June 1904, and the same year Nathaniel remarried to Mary Eliza Jordan. She unfortunately also died, on about 4 July 1909.

By 1911 William was a scholar in the home of Francis Edward Mann, a cousin living at 31 High Street, Broadstairs. Mr Mann was a plumber, aged then 58, and he and his wife Louisa, from Dover, had been married 17 years. They had no children, but as well as William had an adopted daughter, Alice Sarchfield, from Middlesex, then aged 5.  Meanwhile, Mr Vassey had taken up again his trade of housepainting, and he, with his daughter Edith, was living with his stepson Richard Chatwin, a carrier, and the first Mrs Vassey's son, at 27 South Road, Dover.

William enlisted to become 81151, a Private in the Royal Fusiliers. He died on 28 November 1917 and is commemorated on the Cambrai Memorial, Louverval.

Nathaniel Vassey, born on 8 December 1860, lived until 18 January 1936. He had been living at "The Glen", Upstreet, and was a Bugle Major in the East Kent Volunteers.

Notes: Alexander, William's brother, married on 5 July 1913 at Christchurch, Hougham, Lucy Helen Dyer. She was the sister of Albert and Abraham Dyer, the niece of Edward Dyer, and the cousin of William Dyer

relationships - Belsey and Dyer

Vigus, H.
Harry Vigus, G/19361, was a Private in the Queen's Own (Royal West Kent Regiment) 11th battalion. He was born in Dover and enlisted in Croydon on 27 April 1916

Wounded in the right thigh and arm he was taken to the 3rd Canadian Casualty Clearing Station where he died age 25 on 16 June 1917. He left a widow Mabel Blanche and a daughter Doris

Harry Vigus is buried at Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, Belgium, XV F 5. His grave in "a beautiful shady spot"

with thanks to Geoff Poole

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