World War I Names: V-W

Introduction A B C D E F G H I-L M N-O P Q-R S T V-W

VALLINS, George. Roll of Honour 2

VANE, Oliver. Reported wounded KM 5 Sep 1916. Son of Charles and Lucy Sophia of 1 Crayford Terrace, Ham Hill (1911); a cement labourer

VeitchVEITCH, HENRY JOHN. Private 14962, 2nd Bn., The Buffs (East Kent Regiment), killed in action, 28 May 1915, age 34. Born: Loose; enlisted Maidstone, 7 Dec 1914; to France 11 May 1915; residence: Snodland. Formerly a worker at Peters’s Cement works. No known grave. Memorials: Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium, Panels 12 and 14; All Saints, Snodland; War Memorial: Snodland Cemetery. [Missing: KM 1 Sep 1915; presumed dead KM] (APCM Roll of Honour gives date of death as 14 May.) Born Loose 17 May 1881; son of George and Mary Ann; married Cecilia Terry at St Philips, Maidstone, 3 April 1904; she of 6 Mount Pleasant, Holborough Road.

VERRALL, Percy [Edwin]. Roll of Honour 1-3. [?son of Horace and Selina of the Post Office (1911); b. c1893, St Mary’s, Ealing]

VERRALL, Walter [John]. Roll of Honour 1-3. [?son of Horace and Selina of the Post Office (1911); b. c1896, St Paul’s, Hammersmith]

VICKERY, REGINALD GEORGE. Private G/4872, 2nd Bn., The Queen’s (Royal West Surrey Regt.) killed in action, 25 September 1915, aged 16. Born: Snodland; enlisted: Gravesend; residence: Northfleet; Gravesend. Memorial: Loos Memorial, Pas de Calais, France, Panel 13 to 15; Gravesend, Imperial Paper Mills. Baptized at Christ Church, 8 January 1899; son of Charles and Caroline Vickery, of 24 Peer Road, Rosherville, Northfleet; also sometime of 62, Darnley Rd., Gravesend, Kent; formerly of 28 Malling Road.

VOUSDEN, Walter Herbert. Royal Engineers, Inland Water Transport Corps, sapper no. 228547; mobilized and posted 09-01-1917; fireman. Service record survives. Born 1885; married Mary Hollman, 26-12-1910; stoker; father: Walter Herbert

WAGHORN, THOMAS HENRY. Sergeant S/9139, 6th Bn., Queen’s Own (Royal West Kent Regiment), died, 25 November 1917, aged 21. Buried: Fifteen Ravine British Cemetery, Villers-Plouich, Nord, France, grave III. B. 17. Son of William and Emma Waghorn, of 6, Woodland Terrace, Malling Rd., Snodland, Kent.

WAGHORN, William Edwin. Roll of Honour 1-3. [?married Emma; lived in Malling Road; died 9-8-1940; buried Christ Church 12-8-1940, aged 72]

WALLER, James Francis. ‘Soldier’ aged 25 at marriage to Frances Clara Mary Peck, Christ Church, 31 Mar 1915. father: James

WALLIS, Albert Thomas. ‘Sailor’ aged 28 at marriage to Lily May Judges, All Saints, 4 Jan 1919. Born 1 Aug 1890, son of William and Rosa, 10 Birling Road; a baker; buried Cemetery, 7 May 1931, aged 40

WALLIS, Alfred. Roll of Honour 1-3. ‘Corp. R.A.M.C.’ at baptism of daughter Margaret Madeline, All Saints, 29 Oct 1915. Address: 2 Holborough Terrace; wife Nellie

WALLIS, Alf. Edward. Royal Army Medical Corps (Territorials). Roll of Honour 1-3

WALLIS, Charles George. Roll of Honour 1-3. Born Snodland; baptised All Saints 23-04-1890; son of Charles George and Ellen of 6 Holborough Terrace (1891); 2 Old Cotts (1901).

WALLIS, Charles John. Royal West Kent, no. 23220; attested, Maidstone 04-12-1915; Mediterranean Expeditionary Force 08-09-1916; transferred to R. E. Railway 07-07-1918; demobilized 02-12-1919. Service record survives. Born Halling 17-08-1886, son of Daniel and Flora Elizabeth; married Ada Wickenden, Malling, 22-04-1913; painter of 9, Oxford Street.

WALLIS, Harry. Royal Army Medical Corps (Territorials). Roll of Honour 1-3. ‘Lance Corporal RAMC’ aged 29 at marriage to Ellen Rose Fremlin, All Saints, 18 Dec 1915. Father: Charles George (‘Private, Buffs’); butcher’s assistant (1901); cement labourer (1911); buried Cemetery from West Kent General Hospital, 24 Apr 1928, aged 41

WALLIS, William. Attested 05-09-1914; the Buffs, no. 3242; B.E.F. 28-07-1915 to 29-07-1916; gunshot wound, leg: 13-07-1916; discharged as no longer physically fit for war service 06-06-1917 [?]. Service record survives. Born Snodland, c.1895, son of Thomas Michael and Jane, later of 8 Richmond St, N. Kensington; bedding maker.

WARNE, WILLIAM. ‘Soldier’ at birth of daughter Florence Lilian on 15 May 1916. Address: 9 May Street; wife Julia.

WalterWilliamWarrenWARREN, Walter William. Sergeant, Essex Regiment. Born c.1878; married 1904; address at death: Bull Fields; buried Christ Church 25 Nov 1926, aged 48

WATKINS, JAMES WILLIAM. Gunner No. 966, 52nd Anti-Aircraft Bty, Royal Garrison artillery; killed 25 June 1916, aged 20; buried Albert Communal Extension Cemetery; memorial: All Saints, Frindsbury. Son of Thomas and Emma, bap. All Saints, Snodland, 2 Jan 1896, of Bramley Rd (1901); Constitution Hill (1911); 29 Bill Street, Frindsbury

WATKINS, Thomas William. Stoker, Royal Navy, no. K15510. Born 05-10-1892. Roll of Honour 1-3. Born 5 Oct 1892, aged 24 at marriage to Beatrice Caroline Cook, All Saints, 20 Nov 1915. Father: John Thomas

WEAIRE, George Henry. 3rd Btn. Royal West Kent, no. G/23363; attested Maidstone, 21-10-1916; B.E.F. from 01-01-1917. Service record survives. Born c.1880, East Grinstead; Bramley Road; grocer’s assistant; widower in 1916

WEAVER, Harry. Royal Navy. Roll of Honour 1-3. [?Born Halling, 16-01-1895; son of Albert George and Ann Jane of 3 Alexandra Terrace, Queen’s Avenue (formerly of Upper Halling); cowman on farm]

WEBB, George James. ‘Private, 3rd Essex’ at baptism of son William Charles, All Saints, 18 Jul 1915. Address: 2 East St Gardens, with wife Ada

WEBB, John Henry. ‘Soldier’ at baptism of son Bernard William Jack, All Saints, 14 July 1918. Address: 1 Covey Hall Place, with wife Edith Caroline

WEEDEN, Albert. Born Snodland, c.1881. cement labourer. Joined Lancers of the Line, no. 6174, 18-07-1901; served to 17-07-1913; discharged. Service record survives.

WellsAWWELLS, ARCHIBALD WILLIAM A. Corporal T/270838, 10th (Royal East Kent and West Kent Yeomanry) Bn., The Buffs (East Kent Regiment), (formerly 1756, 1/1st Royal West Kent Regiment), killed in action, 21 September 1918, aged 23. Enlisted: Tonbridge; residence: Snodland; No known grave. Memorials: Vis-en-Artois Memorial, Pas de Calais, France, Panel 3; All Saints, Snodland; War Memorial, Snodland Cemetery. (Served in Squadron B of West Kent Yeomanry: shown in Roll of Officers and Men of the WKY (Queen’s Own) who were posted to “C” Company 10th (Yeomanry) Batt. The Buffs on 1st March 1917. Served in Gallipoli, Egypt, Palestine and France.) Son of Mrs. S. A. Wells, of 4, Vine Terrace, Holborough Rd., Snodland, Kent, and the late James Wells.

WELLS, ERNEST ALBERT. Youngest son of John Henry and Emma Wells of May Street; born 23 Aug 1898; attended C of E School, Brook Street; entered Navy aged 17; discharged suffering from shell shock; died at Woodford, Essex; buried Snodland cemetery 3 June 1918, aged 21 [not commemorated on Snodland war memorials, unless he is the ‘Pte. A. H. H. Wells’ not otherwise known].

WellsGWELLS, GEORGE. Lance Corporal S/10416, 1st Bn., The Buffs (East Kent Regiment), killed in action, 10 October 1916. Born: Snodland; enlisted: Chatham; residence: Snodland. Guards’ Cemetery, Lesboeufs, Somme, France, Sp. Mem. 58. Memorials: All Saints, Snodland; War Memorial, Snodland Cemetery. Service record survives. Born c.1896; son of George and Mary Wells of 1, Temperance Terrace, Holborough Road, Snodland.

WELLS, H[orace]. Roll of Honour 3. Of 99 Malling Road in 1912; wife Mary Maria; chief stoker.

WELLS, Nina Lily. Born Snodland 30 June 1894; baptised at Congregational Church 5 Aug 1894; daughter of George and Fanny Louisa of Portland Place, then 5 Bramley Road. Served in France in Queen Mary’s Auxiliary Corps. Married Albert Harry Nicol at Christ Church 26 March 1921 (he died on active service in WWII, drowned 25 March 1941).

WELLS, Percy. Roll of Honour 1-3. Born Snodland; baptised All Saints 04-07-1875; son of George F. and Mary Wells of Brook St (1881); 6 Church Fields (1891); Barge boy (1891)

WELLS, Vincent. Snodland  3rd Btn. Royal Sussex Regt, no. G/8888; attested Maidstone 10-12-1915; France 02-11-1916 to 26-07-1918; wounded; discharged unfit 25-01-1919. Service record survives. Baptised 09-11-1890, Snodland IC; buried 04-07-1940, Cemetery, aged 49; son of George and Fanny Louise of 7 Portland Place (1891); 5 Harold Terrace, Bramley Road (1901); May St at death; carpenter and labourer.

WELLS, WILLIAM. Private 24557, 14th Bn., Royal Welsh Fusiliers, killed in action, 29 December 1917. Born: Rochester; enlisted: Menai Bridge; residence: Snodland. Buried: Croix-du-Bac British Cemetery, Steenwerck, Nord, France, grave I. D. 3. ?Born Snodland 5 Nov 1896, son of Alec William and ? of Tomlin’s Cottages, Birling Road (1903)

351-william-wells-1906-1941WELLS, WILLIAM. Son of George and Mary Ann of 1 Temperance Terrace, Constitution Hill; born 1906; died 1941.

Wenham CharlesWENHAM, Charles. Roll of Honour 3. Born Snodland; baptised All Saints 30-09-1894; buried 01-01-1973, Cemetery; son of James and Elizabeth R. of 6 Covey Hall Place (1901).

WENHAM, Edward James. Seaman [in 1918].Born Snodland 01-07-1898; baptised All Saints 18-09-1898; son of James William and Emma Elizabeth; 5 Queens Road (<1901>); 5 Beaconsfield Terrace (<1911>)

WENHAM, Frank. Royal Army Medical Corps (Territorials). Royal Army Medical Corps (territorials), no. 2328; attested Maidstone 10-08-1914; served India 29-10-1914 to 17-05-1918; South Africa 18-05-1918 to 29-01-1919; demobilized 17-04-1919. Roll of Honour 1-3. Service record survives. Born Snodland; baptised All Saints 10-02-1892; married Emily Sarah […]; died at County Hosp., Chatham, buried 01-04-1944, Cemetery, aged 52; son of James and Elizabeth R. of 6 Covey Hall Place (1901); Labourer.

Wenham Fred2WENHAM, Frederick. Royal Engineers, no. T3030/542038, Sapper. Born Snodland; baptised All Saints, 26-03-1890; son of James and Elizabeth R. of 6 Covey Hall Place.

WENHAM, James William. [army service not traced] Born Snodland; baptised All Saints, 07-07-1875; married Emma Elizabeth Dabner, Chelsea district, 4th quarter 1897; died `4-02-1947; lived 5 Queens Road (<1901>), then 3 Beaconsfield Terrace (<1911>); cement labourer

WenhamTWENHAM, THOMAS. Private 104618, 47th Bn., Canadian Infantry (Western Ontario Regt.), died 27 September 1918, aged 32. Buried: Triangle Cemetery, Inchy-en-Artois, Pas de Calais, France, grave D. 5. Memorials: All Saints, Snodland; War Memorial, Snodland Cemetery. Born 13 December 1885 at 14, Mill Street, Snodland, son of Elizabeth Rebecca Wenham, of 6, Covey Hall Place, Holborough Rd., Snodland, Kent, England, and the late James Wenham, cement labourer. (Employed as ‘carrier’s boy’ in 1901; was a fireman at Broad Street city power house, Regina, Canada, 1912-1915; left Canada 21 September 1915. He ‘was with his company on 27 September 1918; when not far from the assembly position, to the West of the Canal du Nord, he was hit by a piece of enemy shrapnel and instantly killed.’ He ‘had a splendid record of faithful service. He was a brave soldier and a loyal comrade and very popular with all his fellows, particularly because of his prowess as a footballer.’)

WENHAM, William. Royal Artillery, gunner/driver, no. 178766 [army service not traced] Born Snodland; baptised All Saints 08-12-1880; son of James and Elizabeth R. of 14 Mill Row (<1881>), 2 Prospect Place (<1891>); 6 Covey Hall Place (<1901-1911>); butcher’s assistant (1901)

WEST, ALBERT JOHN THOMAS. Private [No.?], 20th Bn., King’s Royal Rifle Corps, demobilised soldier, aged 33, from Birling Road. Died 26 February 1920. Buried 3 March 1920 at Snodland Cemetery, grave 821. Memorials: All Saints, Snodland; War Memorial, Snodland Cemetery. Son of William and Betsy West, of Stangate [Birling]; husband of Kathleen Bertha Povis (formerly West).

WEST, Arthur. Royal Navy

WEST, Ernest George. Canadian Expeditionary Force; attested 30-11-1915. Born Snodland, 05-03-1880; son of William and Hannah R. of 1 Deacon’s Cotts; occupation: labourer; religion C of E; in 1915 of 172 Simcoe Street, Toronto, Ontario; wife Annie H., at 45 Acacia Road, Lordship Lane, Wood Green, London

WEST, LEONARD CHARLES. Stoker 1st Class K/21112, H.M.S. “Vanguard.”, Royal Navy, died 9 July 1917. Born Larkfield. Memorials: Chatham Naval Memorial, Panel 24; All Saints, Snodland; War Memorial, Snodland Cemetery. (The ‘Vanguard’ was destroyed by an internal explosion, caused by unstable cordite.) Born 19 Sep 1895; son of Charles Thomas and Dorcas, 11 Orchard Cottages, Holborough.

WEST, Sidney [Herbert]. Royal Navy. Roll of Honour 1-3. Baptized 21-9-1892, All Saints, son of William Henry and Mary Elizabeth of Bramley Road

WEST, Walter R. Royal Navy. Roll of Honour 1-3

WHITE, ARCHIE. Gunner 33277, 17th Heavy Bde. H.Q., Royal Garrison Artillery, formerly 60785., R. F. A.), died 10 November 1918, aged 30. Born: Snodland; enlisted: Chatham; residence: Snodland. Buried: Abbeville Communal Cemetery Extension, Somme, France, grave V. B. 49. Son of George and Mary White of Birling, Kent, formerly of Paddlesworth.

WHITE, Frank James. Holborough Road, schoolmaster. Honourable Artillery Company, no. 23-08-1915; promoted to sergeant; France 1916-1919. Service record survives.

WHITEHEAD, William Edward Richard. ‘Sailor’ at baptism of son William James Donald at Christ Church 26 Jan 1919; also son Leonard Edward Bartel on 4 Apr 1919. ‘Ex R.N.’ at baptism of son Victor Godfrey, All Saints, 23 June 1922. Address: Church Place/ 8 Church Terrace; wife Mabel

WHITEHOUSE, Joseph. ‘Soldier’ at baptism of daughter Ada, All Saints, 27 May 1917. Address: 4 Church Place, with wife Rachel

WHITNELL, ALBERT RICHARD. ‘Sailor’ at birth of daughter Sophie Rhoda on 2 Nov 1916; also son Albert, 12 Sep 1918. Address: 13 Birling Road, with wife Mary Sophia.

WHITNEY, A. Roll of Honour 2-3

WICKENDEN, Charles William. Royal Navy, No. 355453 in 1906. Born 22 Jan 1879, son of William and Ada; HMS Pembroke [Chatham] in 1901

WILLARD, [Humphrey] Cecil. Roll of Honour 1-3. Born, c.1898, Halling; son of William and Alice Jane of The Lodge, Holborough

WILMSHURST, ERNEST WALTER ALBERT.. Rifleman 593457, 1st/18th Bn., London Regt (London Irish Rifles), killed in action, 11 January 1918, aged 32. Born: Snodland; enlisted: Sittingbourne; residence: Grays, Essex. Memorial: Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France, Pier and Face 13 C.  Husband of Elizabeth Wilmshurst, of 67, William St., Sittingbourne, Kent.

WimsettBWIMSETT, B[ertie Edward]. Roll of Honour 2-3. Born c.1890; of Ham Hill; In 1915 had served 7 years with the 2nd Gloucester Regiment; stationed at Malta and China; then to England and France; wounded at Ypres on 18 Feb 1915, ‘while coming in from the trenches for a rest’; sent to Sheffield, then Derley Hospital; buried Christ Church 26-9-1960, aged 70 [memorial stone south side, 20 O] [KM reported him wounded 29 May 1915] Son of William and Emma Wimsett of 2, Hilda Terrace, Ham Hill.

WimsettFWIMSETT, FREDERICK THOMAS. Private 2280, 83rd Field Ambulance, Royal Army Medical Corps, [= Maidstone Section] died of wounds, 13 May 1915, aged 18: shot through the head while picking up wounded on the field; to General Hospital at Boulogne. Born: Snodland; residence: Snodland. Buried: Boulogne Eastern Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France, grave VIII. C. 31. Memorial: Christ Church, Lower Birling. Son of William and Emma Wimsett, of 2, Hilda Terrace, Ham Hill, Snodland, Kent; cycle repairer (1911)

WINGATE, FREDERICK JOHN. Private 23157, 6th Bn., Queen’s Own (Royal West Kent Regiment), died of wounds Wednesday, 16th May 1917. Formerly a worker at Lee’s Cement Works. Born: Snodland; enlisted: Maidstone. Buried: Duisans British Cemetery, Etrun, Pas de Calais, France, grave IV. G. 49. Memorials: All Saints, Snodland; War Memorial, Snodland Cemetery; New Jerusalem, Snodland. Service record survives. Baptized at All Saints, Snodland, 30-12-1877, son of Henry and Jane E.; husband of M. Wingate of Beaconsfield Terrace, Holborough, Snodland, Kent. Formerly a butcher’s assistant, then a paper mill labourer.

WINGATE, George. Roll of Honour 2-3

WisdomWISDOM, FREDERICK GEORGE. Private G/5012, 1st Bn., Queen’s Own (Royal West Kent Regiment). Formerly a worker at Peters’ Cement Works (APCM Roll of Honour gives date of death as 1 August.). Born: Larkfield; enlisted: Maidstone. Died 8 August 1916 [KM gives 22 July]. Buried: Caudry Old Communal Cemetery, Nord, France, grave C. 3. [NB KM 14 July 1917 records Private 5012 F. G. Wisdom of RWK ‘died as prisoner in German hands’.] Memorials: All Saints, Snodland; War Memorial, Snodland Cemetery. [Death reported KM 2 Sep 1916] Had previously served in the Navy, leaving with an exemplary character; prior to that was 7 years in the Buffs Militia; volunteered for war in December 1914, and, being a trained man, was kept for a time in the Military Police at Chatham. Baptism of daughter Eva Blanche, All Saints, 21 July 1916. Address: Gorham’s Cottages, with wife Matilda Maude and six small children

WOOD, A. Roll of Honour 2-3

WOOD, W. Roll of Honour 2-3. [?William Thomas Wood, born Addington c.1896; son of Edward and Ada M., 1 Crayford Terrace, Ham Hill; sheet layer, paper mill; buried, cemetery, 4-6-1923, aged 27; ‘ex-sailor’]

WoodcockWOODCOCK, HENRY ALBERT. Guardsman 25210, 3rd Bn.,Grenadier Guards, died 5 December 1917. Born: Snodland; enlisted: Chatham; resided Westwell nr. Ashford.. Memorials: Cabaret-Rouge British Cemetery, Souchez, Pas de Calais, France, Hordain Com. Cem. German Extn. Mem. 10.; Westwell memorial.


WOODEN, N. Roll of Honour 2-3

WOODGER, HARRY. Lance Corporal 18793, 13th Bn., Welsh Regiment, who died in England, 29 September 1915. Born: Snodland; enlisted: Bargoed; residence: Snodland. Buried: Winchester (West Hill) Old Cemetery, Hampshire, grave 16134. [? son of William and Louisa, baptized 16 December 1885 at All Saints, Snodland, a paper mill labourer.]

WOODHAMS, Harold Bertie. Gunner, Royal Garrison Artillery, no. 138469; entered theatre of war after 31 Dec 1915; served in Mesopotamia; wounded and honourably discharged in 1919. Born Maidstone, 8 Nov 1896, son of James William and Mary Ann; married Violet May Pearson, Christ Church 3 Feb 1921; plumber and hot water fitter at Paper Mill for 37 years; address 1 The Cedars (157) Malling Road; died 1987 in Chatham.

WOODHAMS, James William. Corporal 20th London Regt. Born Maidstone 14 March 1873; son of John William and Clara; married Mary Ann Relf 11 Oct 1891 bricklayer / plumber; address: Holborough Road, then Oxford Street; died 28 Mar 1949; buried cemetery 2 Apr 1949, aged 73

WOODING, George. Served from 06-03-1889 to 1902 Boer War; 1919; Royal Field Artillery, no. 71366; India; Boer war 1899-1902; Malta 1903-04; S. Africa 1904-05. Service record survives. Born Snodland; baptised 12-06-1870; son of Richard and Jane of 1 Alma Place, Brook St (1871), 2 Providence Terrace (1881);

WOOLLETT, Edward William Patterson. Roll of Honour 1-3. Lived at 56 Tovil Rd, Maidstone. 21st Home Counties Field Ambulance, no. 4920 or 2082: Royal Army Medical Corps (Territorials). attested 15-11-1912. Service record survives. Born Snodland; baptised All Saints 10-07-1895; son of Edward C. and Rose A. of Bramley Road; dairyman

WOOLMER, AMOS. Private, No. TT/01514, Home Counties Div Vet Hosp, Army Veterinary Corps; ‘Driver A.V.C.’ aged 23 at marriage to Ivy Violet Day, All Saints, Snodland, 12 Aug 1916. Father: Thomas (deceased) of 2 Parker’s Way, Cuxton; address: 1 Pitt Cottage, Upper Halling; died 3 Nov 1918; buried St Michael, Cuxton.

WRAY, Frederick Charles. Royal Army Medical Corps Territorials, no. 2363; attested. Maidstone. 02-09-1914; appointed lance corporal 20-11-1915; promoted corporal 04-12-1915; promoted sergeant 01-04-1916; served in France from 21-12-1914 to 01-06-1915. Roll of Honour 2-3. Service record survives. Baptized 19-10-1892; son of Edward and Kate, 4, Corona Terrace, Ham Hill; baker’s assistant; married Philadelphia/Phyllis Annie Lambert, Christ Church, 6-7-1915; buried, cemetery, 22-3-1971, aged 78