Image from the Suffolk Chronicle And Mercury – 1915


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

On the 20th July 1915, at Rushmere Church, Suffolk, Walter married Mildred Maud Told, of 75, Rushmere Road, Ipswich, a school teacher at Bramford Road School; born 1892, Barnet, Middlesex – eldest daughter of William Henry Told, an Army pensioner, and Eliza Told (nee King), of Emsworth Villa, Rushmere Road, Ipswich.

It was a double ceremony shared 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 joint ceremony took place just weeks before the two grooms shipped out. Horace Cooper also lost his life on the Royal Edward.


Evening Star – Tuesday, 20th July 1915 – MILITARY WEDDINGS AT RUSHMEREInteresting weddings were celebrated this morning in Rushmere Church between Private Horace Cooper, R.A.M.C., and Ruth Lily Todd, and Private Walter Frank Vesey, R.A.M.C., and Maud Mildred Todd, by the Reverend J.H. Crickmer. By kind permission of the Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Paterson, a guard of honour of 18 men, under Sergeant Stone, was furnished. Interestingly, the two bridegrooms and the guard of honour belong to the 3rd Line Deport of the East Anglian Field Ambulance, R.A.M.C., and they are under orders to proceed to a certain area of action.

The Reverend J.H. Crickmer, in his address, took for his text the third verse of Gal. 28, and spoke of it as a unique wedding, as the brides were sisters and the bridegrooms members of the same regiment.

Private Frank Vesey and Mrs. Vesey are assistant master and mistress at Bramford School, and Private Horace Cooper is in the same profession at Chelmsford. The guard of honour lined the path and formed a triumphal arch with their caps. Lieutenant Paterson and Lieutenant Quartermaster Abbott were also present and many friends.


Soldiers’ Effects to Maud Mildred Vesey – widow.


Walter is also remembered on the war memorial at St. John the Baptist Church, Ipswich, and at Northgate High School. 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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