Waller, William James

14 June 1896 to 7 May 1915

War Service:
Private 2467 WILLIAM JAMES WALLER 1st/7th Battalion Middlesex Regiment enlisted in August 1914 and went to France on 12 May 1915. He was killed in action on 7 May 1915.

His platoon commander wrote to his parents: He was a universal favourite among the NCOs and men of 3 Platoon. ‘Best man in my section’ his sergeant used to say to me.

On the night of 7 May Private Waller with 19 other men and an officer occupied an advanced trench some 70 yards from the German lines. He was seriously wounded during hand to hand fighting as the Germans attempted unsuccessfully to retake the trench under cover of darkness and died at about 1am on the way to the dressing station.

He is buried in Rue Petillon Military Cemetery, Fleurbaix.

Location of Memorial:
He is remembered on the Monson Road war memorial.

He was born in New Cross on 14 June 1896, the son of William and Alice Waller of Cricklewood. He was educated at Regent Street Polytechnic and at the time of enlistment he was a student at Selfridges.


Contributed By: Andy Pepper

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