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Memorials & Monuments
on the Isle of Wight
- Biography -
- Ewart George Willsteed -

unknown Name :

Ewart George Willsteed.

Son of George and Beatrice Helena Willsteed, of Beech Farm, Colmer, Alton, Hants.
Born 1896, Gatcombe, Isle of Wight.
Commemorated on these Memorials :

Carisbrooke War Memorial (as Willstead, E G)
Freshwater Memorial Hall, 5th Hants Howitzers War Memorial (as Dr. H. Willsteed)
Newport Drill Hall, 5th Hants Howitzers War Memorial (as Dr. H. Willsteed)
County War Memorial, Carisbrooke Castle (as Wilstead, E G)

Service details :

Driver 855328 Ewart George Willsteed, C Bty., 7th Reserve Bde., Royal Field Artillery.

CWGC Record ...

Note that the CWGC record gives his mother's name incorrectly as Beatrice Felina Willsteed.

Date of Death : 13 June 1917 aged 20

Where buried or commemorated : Aldershot Military Cemetery, Hampshire
Further Information

Ewart George WILLSTEED was born at Gatcombe in 1896, the son of George WILLSTEED and his wife Beatrice Helena née MARTIN, and was baptised on 11th November 1896 at the Bible Christian Chapel at Rookley. In 1901 the family were living at Ashengrove, Calbourne and in 1911 at Top Barn Farm, Carisbrooke when Ewart was aged 14 doing farm work.

Isle of Wight County Press 8 July 1916


Saturday, June 23, 1917 Page 1

KILLED IN ACTION Etc. WILLSTEAD. - June 13, at Cambridge Hospital, Aldershot, Dvr. E.G. Willstead, 1/5th Hants (Howitzer) Battery, R.F.A., of Carisbrooke, aged 20.

Page 5

We regret to record the death of Dvr. E.G. Willstead, of the 1/5th Hants (Howitzer) Battery, R.F.A., eldest son of Mr. G. Willstead, formerly of Rowridge. Deceased was one of the Island Howitzers who took part in the severe fighting under Gen. Townshend at Kut, and was taken prisoner by the Turks at the fall of that place. He was afterwards exchanged amongst the sick and wounded and following a severe illness at Basra and India was invalided home to England. He was greatly esteemed and respected by all his comrades and was very well known in the Island. The funeral took place at Aldershot on Saturday with military honours, the chief mourners being Mrs. C. Thompson (sister), and Masters Percy and Hilton Willstead (brothers). Mr. H.P. Hendy represented his many Island friends, Lieut. Fraser the officers of the deceased's battery, and Corpl. C.F. Russell (Freshwater), Gr. R.G. Popejoy (Yarmouth), Dvr. W.A. Jilks (Newport), Dvr. A. Pearce (Ventnor), and Dvr. J. Rowe were present from the battery, the three first named having also been prisoners of war with the deceased.

Thanks to Janet Griffin for research
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