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WAITE, Edward Harry (Revised 01/11/2018)
WAITE, Gerald Francis John (Revised 01/11/2018)
WALKER, Douglas Bland (Revised 01/11/2018)
WALL, Thomas Henry (Revised 01/11/2018)
WALLIS, Susan * (Revised 01/11/2018)
WARD, Bernard (Revised 05/11/2018)
WARD, Georgina * (Revised 22/03/2019)
WARWICK, Benjamin (Revised 21/05/2018)
WATERMAN, (Arthur) George (Revised 07/11/2018)
WATERMAN, Douglas Allenby (Revised 20/02/2019)
WATERS, Deryck Charles Jerome * (Revised 05/12/2018)
WATKINS, Robert Charles Leslie (Revised 05/11/2018)
WATSON, Peter Leslie (Revised 03/11/2018)
WATSON, Robert Sims (Revised 05/11/2018)
WATT, Christina Alice * (Revised 03/11/2018)
WATTS, Alfred John (Revised 03/11/2018)
WAYLAN, John Evan Francis (Revised 06/11/2018)
WEBB, Arthur Frederick Oliver (Revised 18/02/2019)
WEEKS, Roy Keeble (Revised 06/11/2018)
WELLS, Alice Ellen * (Revised 06/11/2018)
WEST, Alfred Malet (Revised 06/11/2018)
WESTCOTT, Alice Mary * (Revised 06/11/2018)
WESTON, Arthur (Revised 23/05/2018)
WESTON, George Percy (Revised 17/02/2019)
WHALE, Ronald Cecil (Revised 07/11/2018)
WHEELER, Claude George (Revised 07/11/2018)
WHICHELO, Edna (Revised 07/11/2018)
WHITE, Albert Kenneth (Revised 07/11/2018)
WHITE, Eric Vincent Ewart (Revised 07/11/2018)
WHITE, Hugh Edgar (Revised 07/11/2018)
WHITE, Philip Alfred (Revised 08/11/2018)
WHITE, William John (Revised 22/02/2019)
WHITLOW, John William Bradbury (Revised 26/05/2018)
WHITTY, George Oliver Samuel (Revised 08/11/2018)
WILBY, Edward John (Revised 22/02/2019)
WILDEY, Richard Kemp (Dick) (Revised 12/11/2018)
WILLIAMS, Herbert Charles (Revised 12/11/2018)
WILLIAMS, John Francis (Revised 12/11/2018)
WILLIAMS, Laurence Mervyn. (Revised 12/11/2018)
WILLIAMS, Philip Edwin (Revised 22/02/2019)
WILLIAMSON, Robert (Revised 12/11/2018)
WILSON, George (Revised 13/11/2018)
WILSON, Harold Strong (Revised 13/11/2018)
WILSON, Ronald George (Revised 23/02/2019)
WINTER, John George (Revised 07/01/2019)
WISE, Douglas Arthur (Revised 07/01/2019)
WOOD, Harry (Revised 22/02/2019)
WOODGER, Elizabeth May (Revised 18/11/2018)
WOODGER, Horace Edgar (Revised 18/11/2018)
WOOLFENDEN, Jack (Revised 15/01/2019)
WRIGHT, Basil Owen (Revised 14/01/2019)
WRIGHT, Henrietta * (Revised 18/11/2018)
WYATT, George * (Revised 18/11/2018)
WYLIE, William Jeffery Price (Revised 20/02/2019)
* = Not included in the Book of Remembrance for reasons unknown.
|EDWARD HARRY WAITE AND HIS SIBLINGS|
|Name||Born - Died|
|Edward Harry||Born: 1890 Battersea|
Died: 6 November 1940 Epsom
|Ernest||Born: 1897 Earlsfield|
|Etta Phyllis||Born: 1899 Earlsfield|
|Ida Nellie||Born: 1901 Earlsfield|
"The dearest son the world could hold / with tender smile and heart of gold."
George - Q4 1903, Hampstead;
Albert - Q3 1905, Epping;
Sidney Arthur - Q4 1906, Epping;
Charles - registration not yet found;
Gladys Lilian - Q1 1909, West Ham;
Frederick - Q3 1910, St Pancras;
Kathleen Gladys - Q1 1912, Epsom;
Violet Maud - Q1 1914, Epsom;
Robert Kitchener - Q3 1915, Epsom;
Douglas Allenby (the family's other WW2 casualty) - Q2 1918, Epsom: and
Joyce - Q1 1926, Epsom (understood to have been born in Q4 1925)
8 year old schoolboy George Arthur (sic), born in Kilburn;
6 year old schoolboy Albert, born in Chingford;
4 year old Sidney, also born in Chingford;
3 year old Henry, born in Leyton; and
6 month old Frederick, born in Camden Town.
Kathleen Gladys - registered Q1 1912;
Violet Maud - registered 1914;
Robert Kitchener - registered Q3 1915;
Douglas (as noted above, the family's other WW2 casualty) - registered Q2 1918; and
Joyce - registered Q1 1926.
"In thy presence is fulness of joy Psalm XVI.11"
"Swooping down from behind a curtain of sand kicked up by his engine, the pilot poured cannon and machine-gun fire into two Junkers standing side by side. Almost immediately one burst into flames and became a blazing mass while the other, riddled with shell and bullets, flew into pieces".
"Loved, lost / but remembered always / until we meet again. / Mum and Dad."
"Into thy hands."
|Date of birth||Child's name||Residence|
|14/01/1905||Rose Ada||Epsom Common|
|28/02/1906||Ethel Maud||Epsom Common|
|22/09/1907||William John||Griffiths Cottage, Epsom Common|
(No 2 at the time of the 1911 Census)
|22/08/1909||Charles Henry||Epsom Common|
|Q3 1913||George Percy||107 Churchside, Epsom|
|Q3 1915||Henry Edward||10 Stamford [Green] Rd, Epsom|
|Q3 1918||Arthur||(none recorded, but probably 10 Stamford Green Rd)|
|Q2 1920||Alice||(none recorded, but probably 10 Stamford Green Rd)|
|Q1 1925||Albert||(none recorded, but probably 10 Stamford Green Rd)|
William John ("Invalid");plus two currently closed records - possibly including the 20/21 year old Arthur.
George Percy ("Builder's Labourer") who, a couple of years after Arthur, was also killed on military service - see separate entry ;
Henry Edward (another "Bricklayer");
"Although he is gone he is not forgotten. Loved by us, his memory lives. Dad."
"The part of him I loved, the spirit and the mind, is clothed in immortality."
1/2 January 1944 - Berlin Lancaster LM346O: F/O J. Anstee, Sgt C.W. Cartwright, P/O L. Hazell, F/O A. Stanislaus, Sgt R.C.Whale, P/O W. G. Craddock, Sgt A. West. Took off 0039, landed 0734. Bombs: 1 x 4000lb, 4 x 1000lb. Primary target bombed from 19,000 feet. Visibility moderate-good. Target identified by red/green Wanganui flares. Bombing circuit caught fire after which bombs were released by jettison gear.
2/3 January 1944 - Berlin
Lancaster III JB720 OF-S: F/O J. Anstee, Sgt C.W. Cartwright, P/O G. Hazell, F/O A. Stanislaus, Sgt R. C.Whale, P/O W. G. Craddock, Sgt N. W. Hamment. Took off 0003, landed 0303. Bombs: 1 x 4000lb, 5 x 1000lb. Texel airfield bombed (last resort) from 13,000 feet on return. Primary target not reached due to icing and inability to gain height. Visibility moderate.
5/6 January 1944 - Stettin
Lancaster III JB720 OF-S: F/O J. Anstee, Sgt C. W. Cartwright, P/O J. Hazell, F/O A. Stanislaus, Sgt R. C. Whale, P/O W. G. Craddock, Sgt P. G. Kerr. Took off 2346, did not return, missing.
"You played your part, / the fight is won, / now rest in peace / with God, dear son. M&D"
"At the going down of the sun and in the morning we will remember them."
"Of Epsom, England: beloved husband of Nona. 'With Christ which is far better' "
'trois corps carbonisés ont été retrouvés au auprès d'un avion, présumé anglais, portant sur le fuselage l'indication : L.5523/U. Les trois aviateurs ont été inhumés au cimetière communal.'
'three charred bodies were found at a plane, presumed English, bearing on the fuselage the indication: L.5523/U. The three airmen were buried in the communal cemetery.'
"In the execution of this difficult task, this officer displayed great skill and accuracy and his effort contributed materially to the success of the later airborne landings. Flight Lieutenant Whitty has completed many sorties and has invariably displayed courage and devotion to duty of a high order."
"We shall meet again / and our spirits / shall sorrow no more".
"In loving memory. / The wound is deep / it will not heal; / forget you, Dick, / I never will."
1 September 1916 Corporal
1 January 1918 Acting Sergeant
1 February 1918 Sergeant
"Always in the thoughts of his devoted wife and son."
"I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith."
"Il s'est sacrifie pour la liberte de l'humanite - nul ne pouvait faire plus."
[In colloquial English, "He gave his life for the freedom of humanity - No one could do more"]
"He is not dead / he was so young and gay / so loving and so dear a soul / could never pass away / 'Goodnight Tug' ".
"He died that others might live in peace. / 'In the midst of life we are in death'."
"A token of love to a very dear husband who is always in my thoughts."
1. WOOD, Harry. Able Seaman (D/JX 208541). HMS President III, Royal Navy. Died 27 December 1940, aged 29. Commemorated on the Plymouth Naval Memorial. [Subsequently established that he was born in Leeds on 12 April 1911, and was lost in the sinking of the SS Ardanbhan - as was Harry Stovin Wood at No 15 below.]and, just in case, of the Merchant Navy:
2. WOOD, Harry. Lieutenant. HMS Assegai, Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve. Died 7 December 1942, aged 33. Son of John and Margaret Ann Wood, of Winton, Lancashire. Commemorated on the Chatham Naval Memorial.
3. WOOD, Harry. Telegraphist (D/JX 159074). HMS Nile, Royal Navy, Died 20 June 1942, aged 20. Son of Henry and Minnie Wood, of Shotton, Flintshire. Commemorated on the Plymouth Naval Memorial.
4. WOOD, Harry Hector. Chief Engine Room Artificer (D/M 18331). HMS Repulse, Royal Navy. Died 10 December 1941, aged 41. BEM. Son of James W and Sarah H Wood; husband of Winfred E Wood. Commemorated on the Plymouth Naval Memorial. [Subsequently established that he was born on 10 June 1900 in Huddersfield; that his wife's maiden name was Voss; they married in Devonport on 25 May 1927; and, at the time of the 1939 Register, Elizabeth was living at 33 Renown Street, Plymouth - apparently with four children.]
5. WOOD, Harry Malcolm Sydney. Leading Seaman (P/JX 131816). HM Submarine Triad, Royal Navy Died 20 October 1940, aged 28. Son of Harry Albert and Margaret Wood, of Portsmouth; husband of Matilda Kate Wood, of Fareham, Hampshire. Commemorated on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial.
6. WOOD, Harold Walton. Leading Airman (FAA/FX. 80541). HMS Goshawk (SS Almeda Star), Royal Navy. Died 17 January 1941, aged 21. Son of Sam and Maud Wood, of Willington Quay, Northumberland. Commemorated on the Lee-on-Solent Memorial.
7. WOOD, Henry. Able Seaman (C/JX267420). HMS President III, Royal Navy. Died 15 January 1945, aged 25, Son of Thomas and Margaret Wood, of Rutherglen, Lanarkshire. Buried in Glasgow (St. Peter's) Roman Catholic Cemetery.
8. WOOD, Henry Albert. Able Seaman (P/JX 289422). HMS President III, Royal Navy. Died 1 October 1943, [Age N/K. Family N/K] Commemorated on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial.
9. WOOD, Henry James. Petty Officer Stoker (C/KX 78048). HMS Ivanhoe, Royal Navy. Died 1 June 1940, aged 36. Son of Henry James Wood and Charlotte Wood; husband of Lilian Mary Wood, of Gillingham. Buried in Gillingham (Woodlands) Cemetery, Kent.
10. WOOD, Henry Robert. Stoker 1st Class (C/K52154). HMS Encounter, Royal Navy. Died 31 January 1944, aged 43. Son of Henry Robert and Lily Wood; husband of Lily Wood, of Harrow Weald, Middlesex. Buried in the Yokohama War Cemetery.
11. WOOD, Harold William. Ordinary Seaman (D/JX 369658). HMS Gould, Royal Navy. Died 1 March 1944, aged 20. Son of Walter William and Elsie Minnie Wood, of Tetbury, Gloucestershire. Commemorated on the Plymouth Naval Memorial.
12. WOOD, Henry Robert. Stoker 1st Class (C/K 59956). HMS Wakeful, Royal Navy. Died 29 May 1940. [Age N/K. Family N/K] Commemorated on the Chatham Naval Memorial.
13. WOOD, Harry. Fireman. MV Wellfield (Newcastle-on-Tyne), Merchant Navy. Died 4 June 1941, aged 19. Son of John James Wood, and of Elizabeth Agnes Wood, of Liverpool. Commemorated on the Tower Hill Memorial.
14. WOOD, Harry. Ordinary Seaman. MV Empire Comet (Greenock), Merchant Navy. Died 19 February 1942, aged 19. Son of John H and Grace D Wood, of Roe Brae, Zetland. Commemorated on the Tower Hill Memorial.
15. WOOD, Harry Stovin. Able Seaman. SS Ardanbhan (Glasgow), Merchant Navy. Died 27 December 1940, aged 55. Commemorated on the Tower Hill Memorial.
"It was a foggy February evening. I sat with my parents, brothers, and sisters having dinner, when a loud engine noise was heard. It was louder than usual, because, normally, the English and American bomber formations flew higher. The sound of a big engine was getting closer. Suddenly there was an enormous explosion. My sister was shocked obviously. We ran out and saw the fire through the fog in the Recknitz River valley….
Next day, while it was still dark, I hurried to the crash site before I went to school and before I found the SS and the armed forces already there. In the dawn I saw that a Lancaster bomber had crashed. It was terrible to see the dead crew members hanging in the trees. One was gored through by a strong branch! Others were caught in the completely destroyed wreck of the aircraft. Parachutes were partly opened.
I looked a bit closer at the Englishmen; I could see that they were wearing blue uniforms under their heated flying suits, and below that they were also wearing civilian dress. Nearer the wreckage was an inflated dinghy and provisions packages were laying around. I quickly retrieved some parachute silk, a provisions package and a flare gun with ammunition. Then I also already saw pushing the first armed troops….
I quickly went to school. Soon after, the whole crash site was blocked off and was guarded by the SS. When I came home in the afternoon, I found out that somebody had stolen the felt boots from some of the aircrew. I can still remember that some people had their houses searched.
The Lancaster came from direction of Dierhagen. Someone said that the Lancaster had been attacked by a night-fighter and that the pilot was possibly attempting to crash-land on the Bodden near Ribnitz-Damgarte but crashed in the thick fog at ground level.
Those of the crew who perished, were buried locally [at Neuer Friedhof, Rostock] but were exhumed and re-interred in the 1939 - 1945 War Cemetery at Charlottenburg, Berlin after the end of the war.
The body of Sgt B.O. Wright, the Rear Gunner, has never been found and his name is engraved on Panel 210 of the Air Forces Memorial at Runnymede. The only survivor was Flight Engineer Sgt H. K. Harrison who was taken POW."