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BIDEFORD WAR MEMORIAL 1914 - 1918

 

Panel 5 of Bideford's WW1 Memorial

Panel 5 of Bideford's War Memorial

© Richard J. Brine

 

W - Z

 

A.H.WATERS
260111 Private Alfred Henry Waters of the 7th Battalion, the Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry. Son of Mary Waters  of Geneva Place, Bideford. Born in Barnstaple in 1892. Died 16 August 1917 aged 25. Also served in India.
H. H. WATTS

Additional information regarding this man's link with Bideford kindly supplied by Shawn Dymond of Holsworthy Museum..

See the end of the actual memorial listing for this name:

13/47 Sergeant Hugh Hilliard Watts of the Auckland Mounted Rifles, the New Zealand Expeditionary Force. Husband of Mrs A. B. Watts of St. Hellier's Bay. Auckland, NZ. Born in Brighton, UK, in 1885. Died 19 May 1915 at Gallipoli, Turkey aged 30. 

He was the second son of Colonel J. B. Watts who had been Commandant of the Bideford Volunteer Trainings Corps and the grandson of the late General E. S. Jackson and Mrs Jackson of York House, Bideford.  He emigrated to New Zealand c.1908.  

A. N. WEEKES
Captain Arthur Nelson Weekes of the 4th Battalion, the Royal Sussex Regiment. Son of Arthur and Jessie Weekes of Hurstpierpoint, Sussex. Born in Hurstpierpoint in the December Quarter of 1888. Died 29 July 1918 aged 30. His connection with Bideford is not known. Awarded the Military Cross.
W. H. W. WHITEFIELD
Master William Herbert Whitefield of the Mercantile Marine, SS Frimaire. Son of John and Mary Ann Whitefield of Westcroft Terrace, Bideford; husband of Laurina Whitefield (née Wilson) of Abbotsham Road, Bideford.  Born in Clovelly in 1887. Died 15 March 1917 aged 30 as a result of a torpedo attack by German Submarine UC21 in the Bay of Biscay when 12 of the 22 crew of SS Frimaire were lost .
G. WHITTON

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18260 Private George Whitton of the 17th Veterinary Hospital, the Army Veterinary Corps. Husband of Mary Ellen Whitton (née Sanders) of Bideford. Died 21 January 1917. Age not known

M. G. WHYTE
2nd Lieutenant Mark Gilchrist Whyte of the 2nd Battalion, the Royal Fusiliers. Son of  Maude Whyte of Bridgeland Street, Bideford and the late Theodore Whyte. Born in 1898. Died 19 August 1918 aged 20.
T. S. WICKHAM

Captain Thomas Strange Wickham of the Manchester Regiment; attached to the 5th Battalion, the Nigeria Regiment. Husband of Bertha Wesley Wickham formerly of the Cottage, Pilton. Born in Bideford in the September Quarter of 1878. Died 25 August 1914 aged 36. Awarded the DSO.

 

He won his DSO for leadership in a surprise night attack at Metz Farm in the Orange River Colony while serving as a member of the South African Light Horse.

(B) W. T.  WICKHAM

Lieutenant (Bernard) William Theodore Wickham of "C" Company, the 9th battalion, the South Staffordshire Regiment. Only son of the Rector of Ampton, Suffolk., the Rev. William Arthur Wickham and his wife Clara.  Born in Wigan 23 october 1894. Died 13 to 14 April 1917 aged 22. Also commemorated on the Cadets Memorial in the chapel at Sandhurst. Awarded the Military Cross.

 

From the London Gazette, August 25, 1916.

For conspicuous gallantry in the face of the enemy On the morning of the 28th July 1916 in the vicinity of Contalmaison 2nd Lieutenant Wickham with a platoon which had been at work all night wiring in No Man's Land, was in a forward trench, when the enemy made a bombing attack. The garrison and the greater part of the working party were obliger to fall back for want of bombs. 2nd Lieut Wickham with two men of the Durham Light Infantry, stood his ground, searched the trench for bombs, and held it for more than an hour until reinforcements arrived. Though wounded early in the action he continued in charge of a joint party of South Staffords and Durham L.I until the attack was beaten off, and a Sergeant could be found to march his platoon out on relief.

C. WILLIAMS
2nd Lieutenant Colin Ernest Williams of the Army Service Corps. Son of Frederick and Blanche Williams; husband of Gertrude Marshall whose mother lived in Bideford. Born in West Norwood in 1882. Died 17 October 1917 aged 35. He was a Cambridge graduate.
R. D. WILLIAMS
3466C Leading seaman Robert Denham Williams of the Royal Navy, HM Trawler Fulmar. Son of Henrietta Williams  and the late Thomas Williams of Appledore; husband of the late Sarah Ellen Williams of Bideford. Died 17 January 1916 aged 32.
W. H. WILLIAMS
1213D Seaman William H. Williams of the Royal Naval reserve, HMS Vivid (Shore base). Step Son of  Philip and Eliza Head of Willett Street, Bideford. Born in Bideford in the September Quarter of 1863. Died at Plymouth in the Naval Barracks (HMS Vivid) of illness aged 52. Buried in the Bideford Church Cemetery.
G. WOODLEY
241426 Private George Woodley of the 5th (Prince of Wales) Battalion, the Devonshire Regiment. Husband of Annie Woodley of Union Street, Bideford. Born in North Tawton in 1883. Died 20 November 1917 aged 34.
A. WOOLF
15968 Lance Corporal Alfred Woolf of the 1st Battalion, the Devonshire Regiment. Son of Alfred and Helena Woolf of Lower Meddon Street, Bideford; brother of Harry (below).  Born in Bideford in 1895. Died 30 August 1916 aged 21.
H. WOOLF
15966 Private Harry Woolf of the 1st Battalion, the Devonshire Regiment. Son of Alfred and Helena Woolf of Lower Meddon Street, Bideford; brother of Alfred (above) Born in Bideford in 1897. Died 25 September 1916 aged 19.
R. WOOLLAND

(aka Wolland)

6708 Private Robert Woolland of the 3rd City of London, the Royal Fusiliers; formerly 4112, the 5th Battalion, the Royal West Kent Regiment. Son of Frederick and Blanche Wolland of Meddon Street, Bideford; brother of William (below), Born in Bideford in 1892. Died 25 November 1917 aged 43.

W. WOOLLAND

(aka Wolland)

J37472 Boy 1st Class William Wolland of the Royal Navy, HMS Invincible. Son of Frederick and Blanche Wolland of Bideford; brother of Robert (above). Born in Bideford 11 June 1898. Died 31 May 1916 aged 17 at the Battle of Jutland.

 

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