William Waite


William Waite


First World War

Date of Death / Age


Rank, Service Number & Service Details

Lance Corporal
Machine Gun Corps (Infantry)
97th Company

Awards: Service Medals/Honour Awards

British War and Victory medals

Cemetery/Memorial: Name/Reference/Country

No Reference given, Panel attached incorrect.

Headstone Inscription

No Report

UK & Other Memorials

Northchurch Village Memorial, St Mary’s Church Window, Northchurch

Pre War

William was born in Stonesfield, Oxford in 1884, the eldest son of Benjamin Waite and Harriet Emma (nee Smith) of Bells Lane, Northchurch; His father's occupation was Gardener as was William.

He married Rose Maria Maple in 1905 . His family is recorded in 1911 as living in Wacton , Norfolk

Wartime Service

William enlisted and attested in in Dunmow , Essex on 7 & 8 Dec 1915.  Mobilised on 1 Jun 1916 and posted as Private 29949, Middlesex Regiment.

On 27 Jul 1916 he was transferred to Machine Gun Corps as Private 45451 and on 3 Jan 1917 was promoted to Lance Corporal. He embarked for France on 10 April 1917 arriving at Camiers (Base depot for MGC, France) on 11 April 1917.

He attended school at Camiers from 25 May to 16 Jun 1917 and returned to his Unit, 97 Coy MGC.

He was killed in action 11 July 1917. 

Additional Information

War Gratuity of £3 10s & Arrears of £1 2s 5d paid to Widow, also pension £1 1s. His wife seemed to move form Norfolk and settled at 10, Tring Rd., Northchurch, Berkhamsted, Herts.


Neil Cooper
Jonty Wild, www.dacorumheritage.org.uk/first-world-war-database