Image from 1915 Suffolk Chronicle & Mercury newspaper
Born: 1892, Ipswich.
Died: 13th August 1915; age: 23; Died at Sea. Drowned Dardanelles, Aegean Sea, aboard ‘Royal Edward’, following torpedo attack by enemy submarine.
Residence: 63, Hutland Road, Ipswich.
Occupation: School Teacher – Walter first taught at Bramford Road, Ipswich, then went to Rusthall, Tonbridge. He had just taken a new post at a school at St. Alban’s when he enlisted.
Enlistment Location: Ipswich.
Date of Entry Therein: 11th August 1915 – Balkans – Gallipoli & Aegean.
Rank: Private; Service Number: 2345
Regiment: Royal Army Medical Corps. (TF), 3rd/1st East Anglian Field Ambulance.
Medals Awarded: Victory, British War & 1915 Star.
Panel 199 & 200 or 236 to 239 & 328.
Turkey (including Gallipoli).
Relatives Notified & Address: Son of M. Vesey, of 63, Hutland Road, Ipswich & the late Henry William Vesey. Husband of Maud Mildred Vesey, of 2, Clarkson Villas, Station Road, Saxmundham, Suffolk.
1901 59, Tomline Road, Ipswich.
Walter was 9 years old and living with his widowed mother & siblings.
Matilda Vesey (nee Rumsby), 47, born Ipswich.
Frederick William Vesey, 26, a Coach Building Clerk, born Ipswich.
Charles Henry Vesey, 25, a Printers Warehouseman, born Ipswich.
George James Vesey, 18, a Compositor – Printers, born Ipswich.
Rosa Amelia Vesey, 15, a Housemaid Domestic, born Ipswich.
Mabel Vesey, 14, born Ipswich.
1911 59, Tomline Road, Ipswich.
Walter was 19 years old, a School Teacher – Council School. He was living with his widowed mother.
1 Boarder – Robert Stein Grant, 37, a Motor Engineer, born Lasswade, Midlothian, Scotland.
Walter’s father was Henry William Vesey, born 1882, Ipswich – died 1895, Ipswich.
In 1915, Woodbridge, Suffolk, Walter married Mildred Maud Told, of 75, Rushmere Road, Ipswich, a school teacher at Bramford Road School; born 1892, Barnet, Middlesex, in a double ceremony with Mildred’s sister Ruth Lilian Told, and her fiancée, Horace Cooper, a school teacher who had just taken a new post at a school in Chelmsford, Essex. Horace was Walter’s friend and a fellow soldier. The ceremony took place just weeks before the two grooms shipped out. Horace Cooper also lost his life on the Royal Edward.
Soldiers’ Effects to Maud Mildred Vesey – widow.
Walter is also remembered on St. John the Baptist church Ipswich WW1 Memorial