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.


Memorial Reference:

Panel 199 & 200 or 236 to 239 & 328.

Helles Memorial Part XII

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.

Matilda, 57.

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.

Horace Cooper

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, Northgate High School Memorial. Formerly Ipswich Grammar School for Boys.


Royal Army Medical Corps

‘Royal Edward’

‘Royal Edward’


One Comment

  • I was interested to find the story of Walter Frank Vesey and Horace Cooper. Mildred Maud and Ruth Lilian Told were the daughters of Eliza Told ( KING ) the sister of my great grandfather Henry William King. There were two more sisters Henrietta King and Matilda King who married Henry Thomas Cullen.
    I would be so pleased if anyone could put names to the photographs on this memorial for Walter Vesey and Horace Cooper. to help me fill in more family information.


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