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

Royal Army Medical Corps

‘Royal Edward’

‘Royal Edward’


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