Source : Commonwealth War Graves Commission.(2 day discrepancy on Date of Death.)
All Saints Church Memorial, Banstead, Surrey.
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WALLIS, William Albert

Private 24704

Grenadier Guards 3rd Bn.

Died 31-July-1917 aged 36

Son of Francis and Eliza Wallis.

The family is recorded as living at Flint Cottage, High Street Banstead.

Albert's brother Alfred Ernest Wallis survived the war.

Memorial Reference: Panel 9 and 11.

YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.

This panel is extremely high and difficult to photograph well. The photo shows the panel for the Grenadier Guards. The inscription for Private W A Wallis is the 3rd one down on the left.

Source : Commonwealth War Graves Commission.


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William Albert Wallis, Wood panel, All Saints Church, Banstead

Wood panel
All Saints Church
Banstead

WATERS, Albert ......(Probably)

Corporal 42301

Royal Fusiliers


Died -September-1917 aged 33 (All Saints Memorial shows 20-September-1917)

Born in Polegate/Hailsham, Sussex, early 1884. Living at Albert Place, Hailsham in 1891. Disappears for 20 years. Married Nellie (probably nee Morton) from Waltham Abbey in 1910 (probably in Edmonton, Middlesex). In 1911, they were living at The Creamery, High Street, Banstead (3 rooms) where Nellie was manageress of the dairy and Albert was dairyman’s [foreman?]. They have a son, Edric, registered in Epsom district in third quarter of 1915. No further children.


Derby Scheme man, enlisted in the 6th (Reserve) Royal Fusiliers in December 1915 at Banstead. Gave his address as Shirley, Lyme Regis Rd (which agrees with memorial book). Was automatically called up when conscription came into force in May 1916. He was made Corporal and after completing his training, he served (very briefly) with the 22nd Royal Fusiliers (29th Sept 1916 - 12th Oct 1916, a period which probably covered his travel time to France) and then with 32nd Royal Fusiliers (13th October 1916 onwards).


There is some uncertainty over his date of death, the effects register and medal roll records 19th-22nd Sept 1917, SDGW says 22nd and All Saints memorial says 20th. The 32nd RF took part in an attack from the 19th-22nd in the Battle of Menin Road Ridge (part of the Battle of Passchendale). The 32nd were in support of the 10th Queen’s attack on the Tower Hamlets spur. The Queen’s were to seize their objective (the first, “Red”, and second, “Blue”, lines of German trenches) and then the 32nd would leapfrog them to take their objective trench (the third, “Green Line”). 


The 10th Queen’s suffered terrible casualties and were wiped out as an attacking force early on when caught in a bunch by machine-guns (the numbers are not recorded in their war diary but they had to be reinforced from many other units and only about 200 of the men still serving a few weeks later were originally from the 10th Queen’s). The artillery barrage was ineffective and too far in front of the 32nd Fusiliers and they - bunched together like the Queen’s were - came under considerable fire from undamaged machine-gun emplacements. They lost 36 killed, 8 died of wounds, 234 wounded and 29 missing, about 70% of those casualties before they even reached the Red Line (mostly bullet wounds). 77% of officers and 60% of other ranks taking part in the attack for the 32nd became casualties. There were 22 decorations for bravery during the attack.


If Albert survived the early stages of the action, it’s highly likely his officers were out of action, and as a corporal it would fall upon him to lead his section of men onwards. The officer commanding the 32nd’s report is critical of the lack of self-confidence shown by the non-commissioned officers once they lost their officers and of the lack of confidence that the men had in them, but even so their morale held up well enough to repel subsequent German counterattacks.

Most casualties were suffered on the 20th and so the All Saints memorial is probably correct. There is a good report on the battle in the war diary

Memorial Reference: Panel 28 to 30 and 162 to 162A and 163A.

TYNE COT MEMORIAL

SOURCES:

Research by James Crouch

SDGW Albert Waters 42301
Medal Index Card Albert Waters GS/42301
Medal Index Roll Albert Waters G42301
Register of Soldier’s Effects Albert Waters G42301
Surrey Recruitment Register A Waters 1967
War Gratuity Calculator
WO95-2643 10th Queen’s War Diary
WO95-2644 32nd Royal Fusiliers War Diary
WO95-1372 22nd Royal Fusiliers War Diary (nothing useful here)
1891 Census
1911 Census
England & Wales marriages 1837-2008 Transcription Albert Waters 1910 Edmonton
England & Wales births 1837-2006 Transcription Edric M Waters 1915 Epsom
England & Wales births 1837-2006 Transcription Albert Obed Waters 1884 Hailsham
The Long, Long Trail on 6th, 22nd, 32nd Royal Fusiliers

Albert Waters,All Saints Church Memorial, Banstead

Albert Waters,  Wood panel, All Saints Church, Banstead

Wood panel
All Saints Church
Banstead

WELLER, Edwin Albert

E A Weller - picture By Clive GilbertGunner 78808

Royal Field Artillery "A" Bty. 73rd Bde.


Died 31-October-1916 aged 24

Son of Edwin and Elizabeth Weller, of Sutton, Surrey;

Husband of Jessie Minnie Weller, of 9, Firtree Cottages, Pound Rd., Banstead, Surrey.

Grave Reference: IV. B. 38.

DERNANCOURT COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION Somme, France

Edwin Albert Weller,Herbert Westlake Garton, All Saints Church Memorial, Banstead, Surrey.

Source : Commonwealth War Graves Commission.
All Saints Church Memorial, Banstead, Surrey.
Headstone at DERNANCOURT photofraphed by Clive Gilbert in May 2008.
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Last updated 6 June 2008 - Headstone photo added
WIGGLESWORTH, Gill Montague

Corporal 41313

Northamptonshire Regiment 6th Bn.


Died 22-August-1918 aged 36

Husband of Ethel Wigglesworth, of "Strathnavis," Ferndale Rd., Banstead, Surrey.

Grave/Memorial Reference: Panel 7.

VIS-EN-ARTOIS MEMORIAL

Source : Commonwealth War Graves Commission.
All Saints Church Memorial, Banstead, Surrey.
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Gill Montague Wigglesworth, All Saints Church Memorial, Banstead, Surrey.
WINGROVE, George Stephenson

Midshipman H.M.S. "Formidable."

Royal Navy


Died 1-January-1915 aged 16

Son of Stephen and Eleanor Sarah Wingrove, of Buff House, Banstead, Surrey.
Born at Banstead.


Chatham Naval Memorial - picture coutesy of Mike Shackel

Chatham Naval Memorial
G S Wingrove inscription.


George S. Wingrove, Wood panel, All Saints Church, Banstead

Wood panel
All Saints Church Banstead
HMS Formidable HMS Formidable was built at Portsmouth Dockyard, laid down March 1898, completed September 1901, and cost £1,097,245.

It was sunk by the Germans in the English Channel on 1 January 1915.

The battleship was with the 5th Battle Squadron serving with the Channel Fleet. She left Sheerness on 30 December 1914 to take part in a firing exercise off Portland.

HMS Formidable was struck by a torpedo on the starboard side abreast of her foremost funnel and sank with the loss of 547 lives.

For the full report, visit HMS Formidable - Lyme Regis Philpot Museum

A short extract from the report follows:

The first torpedo hit the number one boiler port side; a second explosion caused the ship to list heavily to starboard. Huge waves thirty feet high lashed the stricken ship, with strong winds, rain and hail, sinking it in less than two hours.

Captain Loxley, his second-in-command, Commander Ballard, and the signaller stayed at their posts throughout, sending flares and rockets off at regular intervals. There was no panic, the men waiting calmly for the lifeboats to be lowered. Someone played ragtime on the piano, others sang. The Chaplain, (Revd. G Brooke Robinson who was formerly Curate of Burton Bradstock) went down with the ship by risking his life going below to find cigarettes. Suddenly the ship gave a tremendous lurch, the Captain shouted 'Lads, this is the last, all hands for themselves, and may God bless you and guide you to safety'. He then walked to the forebridge, lit a cigarette and, with his terrier Bruce on duty at his side, waited for the end, in true Royal Naval tradition.

A special plaque and inscription dedicated to George Wingrove
can be found in All Saints Church, Banstead

GS Wingrove - Special plaque in All Saints church Banstead. Photo courtesy of Veronica Lansdale

Memorial Reference: 8.

CHATHAM NAVAL MEMORIAL



Source : Commonwealth War Graves Commission.
Burton and Bradstock village web site.
Chatham Naval Memorial photos by Mike Shackel.
All Saints plaque photo by Veronica Lansdale.
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Source : Commonwealth War Graves Commission.
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WISCOMBE, Frank

Private 29623

Wiltshire Regiment 2nd Bn.


Died 8-May-1918 aged 41

Husband of Elizabeth Wiscombe, of 13, Shrubland Rd., Banstead, Surrey.

Grave/Memorial Reference: IV. G. 18.

KLEIN-VIERSTRAAT BRITISH CEMETERY Heuvelland, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.


Frank Wiscombe,  Wood panel, All Saints Church, Banstead

Wood panel
All Saints Church
Banstead
WRIGHT, Albert Jesse

Gunner 70867

Royal Field Artillery 112th Bty.


Died 4-March-1915 aged 20

Son of Mr. and Mrs. M. Wright, of "The Pound," Banstead, Surrey.

The small wooden cross pictured on the right was laid at the All Saints Memorial in November 2006.

Grave Reference: VI. M. 2.

RATION FARM MILITARY CEMETERY, LA CHAPELLE-D'ARMENTIERES

Source : Commonwealth War Graves Commission.
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Gnr A J Wright
70867 R.F.A.
We Will Remember.
November 2006

Albert J. Wright, Wood panel, All Saints Church, Banstead

Wood panel
All Saints Church
Banstead.