A Poppy
A Poppy

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- Biography -
- Walter Sheath -

Unknown person

Name : Walter Sheath.

Son of William Sheath and Rosanna Sheath (née Plumbley), of Alban Cottage, Whitwell, Isle of Wight.

Born 1892 Whitwell.

  Census Information :

1901 : William and Rose Sheath, with their children including Walter, are in Whitwell. William Sheath is a General labourer.

1911 : William and Rose Sheath, with their children including Walter, are at Alban Cottage, High Street, Whitwell. William Sheath is a General labourer, Walter Sheath is a Farm labourer.

  Service details :

Aircraftman 1st class 408410 Walter Sheath, Royal Air Force

Formerly Private 1469, 1/8th Bn Hampshire Regiment (Isle of Wight Rifles).
  Casualty Details :

Died : 3 July 1919 aged 26

Buried at : New Burial Ground, Whitwell

CWGC record ...
  Commemorated on these Memorials :

Whitwell War Memorial
Whitwell, SS Mary & Radegund Church, War Memorial
Court Providence No 5134 Ancient Order of Foresters War Memorial

  Documents :


Saturday, July 12, 1919 Page 1

SHEATH. - July 3, at Alban Cottage, Whitwell, Walter Sheath, late I.W. Rifles and R.F.A., second son of W. Sheath, aged 26.

Page 8

RETURNED ISLAND RIFLEMAN'S DEATH. - The death occurred on Thursday week of Mr. Walter Sheath, aged 26, son of Mr. W. Sheath, of Alban Cottage. The deceased, who was greatly respected, had seen over four years active service, and his death was the result of injuries sustained during that time. Walter Sheath was a member of the Ventnor companies of the I.W. Rifles previous to the war, went to Gallipoli with them, and served with the regiment until the battle of Gaza, in which he was wounded. He was then transferred to the R.F.A., with which corps he served in Palestine until demobilised in March. The funeral took place on Tuesday, the first part of the service being at the United Methodist Church, the Rev. J. Baxter officiating. Capt. H. Linington and many of the deceased's comrades in the Island Rifles were present, and six of his active service chums carried his remains to the grave. There were numerous beautiful wreaths, including one from Capt. Linington "On behalf of the officers, N.C.O.s, and men of the I.W. Rifles." - Mr. and Mrs. Sheath and family wish to return sincere thanks for the numerous expressions of sympathy with them in their bereavement and also for the beautiful floral tributes.

(*) Walter Sheath served with the Royal Flying Corps (R.F.C.) (later Royal Air Force (R.A.F.)) not the Royal Field Artillery (R.F.A.)
  Acknowledgments :

Janet Griffin for newspaper research
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Page last updated : 2 April 2012 (added newspaper reports)


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