William is not remembered on the war memorial at Christchurch Park.


Born: 27th February 1887, Devonport, Devon.

Died: 31st May 1916; age 29; KiA at the Battle of Jutland.

Occupation: Builder’s Labourer.

Enlistment Location: Devonport. Signed up for 12 years on the 27th February 1905. Height: 5ft 4 1/2ins on joining – 5ft 6in at 18 years old, fair complexion, grey eyes & light brown hair. Tattoo: anchor – right forearm & several dots – left forearm.


Rank: Petty Officer Stoker; Service Number: 232046.

Regiment: Royal Navy, H.M.S.’Defence.’


Memorial Reference:


Plymouth Naval Memorial,



Relatives Notified & Address: Son of William & Amelia Westlake, of Devonport; husband of Rosalind A.M. Westlake, of 82, Spring Road, Ipswich.





1891   21, Barrack Street, St. John’s, Devonport, Devon.


William was 5 years old and living with his mother & siblings.

Alfred John Westlake, 2, born Devonport.

Amelia Wood Westlake (nee Andrews), 34, a Stoker’s wife – living on her own means, born Plymouth, Devon.

Beatrice Florence Anne Westlake, 11, born Devonport.

Amelia Elizabeth Westlake, 7, born Devonport.

Alfred John Westlake, 2, born Devonport.


1901   21, James Street, Devonport, Devon.


William was 15 years old, an Errand Boy. He was living with his parents, brother & cousin.

William Westlake, 44, a Shipwright’s Labourer, born Devonport, Devon.

Amelia, 45.

Alfred, 12.

Millie Lott, 8, born Devonport.


In 1916, Ipswich, William married Rosalind Alice May Barrell, born 1894, Ipswich.

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