Voormezeele Enclosure No.1 & 2,
Born at St Peter's, Jersey. Son of John
Wakeham and his wife, Elizabeth Mauger of Jersey. Served
4 years in RJM (West).
Killed in action, aged 39 years.
NEWS ITEM in Jersey Evening Post of Saturday 3 June
Another Jersey Hero Killed. News has been received of
the death "somewhere in France" of Private John
Wakeham of the Canadian Brigade. This young hero, who
visited his relatives in January last, had been nine months
in the trenches. He volunteered shortly after the outbreak
of war, having been in Canada over 10 years. The following
letter received by his sister, Miss Wakeham of Brooklands,
St Peters, will show in what high esteem Private Wakeham
It reads "6th Infantry Brigade 2nd Canadian Division
BEF, Army Post Office London. 29.5.16. Dear Miss Wakeham,
You will have received word how your brother gave his
life for that great cause of honour and freedom for which
we are engaged and his name is added to our Empire Honour
Roll. Please accept the sincere sympathy of both officers
and men of the 31st Battalion who knew him, and by whom
he was always most highly spoken of. A wooden cross will
mark the spot where the body lies and his personal effects
will be forwarded to you by the Adjutant of the Regiment.
May our loving Heavenly Father, who has promised to wipe
away all tears, be your comfort and support. Believe me
yours very sincerely,
C C OWEN Chaplain 6th Infantry Brigade".