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Wakeham, A

Loos Memorial, Pas de Calais

Loos Memorial, Pas de Calais

Commemorated on Old Boys of St James Company Boys Brigade Memorial


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(Listed as "Private" by CWGC)


Albert Wakeham

Lance-Corporal Albert Wakeham
2nd Battalion, Yorkshire Regiment

1914 Star

Born at St Helier, Jersey. Son of Mrs. Kate Theresa Southern, of 1, Surtees St., Hopetown, Darlington.

Killed in action, aged 23 years

NEWS ITEM in Jersey Evening Post of Saturday 5 June 1915

An Old La Motte School Boy at the Front. The following is an extract from a letter received from Lance Corporal A Wakeham of the 2nd Yorkshire Regiment, now at the Front. The soldier lad was formerly a scholar at La Motte Street Boys School and will be remembered by many of his former school mates. The letter reads "Just a few lines in answer to your most welcome letter which I received about a fortnight ago. You will see by my address that something has happened, as you might say. I have been Lance Corporal since early in February, I am back with my old Company and have twice been with them in actions in which I have witnessed some rare old scenes and many sad ones. You will have heard of Neuve Chapelle where our artillery blew the Germans out of the trenches and those who were left were poked out with our bayonets; also this last battle where, although we did not get it all our own way, we had a great victory and won a great deal of ground. We are having a well earned rest at present, the Canadians having taken on the job we were doing, but how long it will be before we are back in the thick of it I do not know, but now we have got them on the move I expect we shall have to keep them at it. We heard about the sinking of the Lusitania very soon after it was done and I can tell you the boys were mad, we couldn't believe it at first. I am sorry to hear that there are still so many able bodied and fit young fellows hanging back, they do not realise what it all means, if they knew what we know, if they could see what we are seeing day after day, if they could be made to realise that these things might have happened in England or Jersey I am sure they would come forward. I often wonder how dear old Jersey is going on and how my old friends are keeping. Remember me to all the Old Boys, wouldn't I love to pay a visit to the old school, perhaps I shall one day".