Memorials & Monuments
on the Isle of Wight
- Biography -
- William Henry Jefferies -

unknown Name :

William Henry Jefferies

Son of Charles and Ann Jefferies.

Born : 1862, Milford, Hampshire.

Married : 1899, Mary Ann Cobley, at St Catherine's Church, Ventnor.

Children : Ellen Mary (born 1900), Charles Henry (born 1902), Florence Mabel (born 1904), Gladys May (born 1906), William Henry Albert (born 1908), Henry George (born 1910), Reginald Frederick (born 1912), Ronald John (born 1914).
Census and other residential information :

1871 : Charles and Ann Jefferies, with their children including William aged 9, are Wheat Sheaf Lane, Yarmouth. Charles Jefferies is a Miller.

1881 : not found

1891 : not found

1901 : William and Mary Ann Jefferies, with one daughter, are at 10 Steephill Down Terrace Ventnor. William Jefferies is a General labourer.

1911 : William and Mary Ann Jefferies, with six children, are at 10 Steephill Down Terrace Ventnor. William Jefferies is a Jobbing Gardener.

1927 : His address was given as 4 Yarboro Terrace, Wroxall (Medal Index Card).
Service details :

Gunner 49427 William Henry Jefferies, Royal Artillery. Attested 17th June 1895, Sandown, Isle of Wight. (Stated he had previous military service, and had been discharged on purchase). He was 5 ft 7¾ in tall, with brown eyes and dark brown hair. He gave his trade as a Labourer.

During the First World War, he served from February 1915, as Private 522452 W H Jefferies with the reserves, and later as Private 204846 W H Jefferies with the Rifle Brigade in the Mediterranean Theatre, 1916-1917, and returned to England to serve with the Royal Defence Corps. He was discharged on 2 August 1918.
Date of Death : possibly 1939

Where buried or commemorated : not known
Commemorated on these Memorials :

Not commemorated on any Isle of Wight Memorials
Documents and Newspaper cuttings :


Friday, November 26, 1915 Page 1

Two Ventnor men have shown a fine example to those who are hesitating to enlist. Pte. W.H. Jefferies and Pte. W. Davis, who are both well known locally, were up to recently on home service with the National Reserve. They were under no obligation to offer themselves for active service, but both of them have done so and gone overseas with, we understand, the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force. Jefferies, who is an old soldier, with a family of seven children, is 52, and Davis is about 40. What a lesson this provides for the waverers and those who have not yet volunteered for service abroad.
Acknowledgements :

Janet Griffin for newspaper research
Page last updated : 27 August 2012


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