Date of birth: 1887
Place of birth: Southampton
Date of marriage: 1910
Place of marriage: Southampton
Service No.: 242404
Regiment / Division: Hampshire Regiment
Battalion: 2nd Battalion
Died: 29th May 1918 aged 31 years
Death Location: France
Life before the War
Jesse was born 1887 in Southampton to parents Charles and Alice, nee Browning, who married in 1879 in Southampton. He had siblings Eva Louise 1880 – 1890, Gertrude Alice 1880 – 1909, Charles 1882, Arthur William 1883 – 1958, Albert Edward 1890 – 1916, George Henry 1891, Frederick Stanley 1897 and Percy Alfred 1899 – 1948.
In 1891 Jesse was living with his parents and siblings at 8 Spear Road, Bevois, Southampton. Charles was a Dock Labourer.
In 1901 they had moved to St Denys and were living at 47 Priory Road. Charles was now a Porter/Dock Labourer. Daughter Gertrude was a Domestic Servant. Sons – Charles was a Laundry Carter, Arthur was a Sailor and Jesse’s occupation was given as a Gordon Boys Brigade.
Jesse married Florence Louisa Bazell in 1910 Southampton. In 1911 Jesse, his wife and daughter Gertrude Alice, born 1910 in Southampton, were living at 29 Dundee Road, St Denys, Southampton. Jesse was a Ships Stoker with the Union Castle Company. Jesse and Florence went on to have more children, Dorothy E 1913 – 1913, Eva Jessica 1914 and Nellie Irene born 1916.
Jesse’s brothers’ Military Service
Frederick Stanley joined the Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry on 24th January 1916 joining as a Private and promoted to Corporal. He had previously served with the 2/5 Battalion Hampshire Regiment. He gave his father as next of kin living at 40 Somerset Road, Portswood, Southampton. He served at home before being sent to India on 14th March 1916 and served until 24th November 1919.
Percy Alfred is mentioned on the National Roll of the Great War.
Wiltshire, P. A., Gunner, R.F.A. and Private, Gordon Highlanders and Seaforth Highlanders. He joined in September 1917 and after his training was engaged on important defence duties around the coast of Scotland. He rendered valuable services with his unit, but was unsuccessful in obtaining his transfer overseas and was demobilized in February 1920. 40 Somerset Road, Portswood, Southampton.
Albert Edward joined the Dorsetshire Regiment, 2nd Battalion. He died on 24th June 1916 in Baghdad. He is mentioned on the National Roll of the Great War. Please select the link to his name to read Albert’s story.
Details taken from Soldiers who died in the Great War shows the following date of death as:
Jesse enlisted in Southampton into the Hampshire Regiment, 2nd Battalion as a Private, Service Number 242404. He was killed in action on 29th May 1918 in France.
Commonwealth War Graves – this document gives Jesse’s details as:
Serving with the Hampshire Regiment, 2nd Battalion as a Private, Service Number 242402. He was killed on 2 October 1918 and Remembered with Honour at the Harlebeke New British Cemetery, Belguim. They advise that Jesse served under the name of Wilton. (note that Jesse’s sister Gertrude married Frank Wilton).
National Roll of the Great War
“Wiltshire, J. F., Private, Hampshire Regiment. Previous to his volunteering for the Army in April 1915 he served on board the S. S. “Marmesa” in the Mercanitile Marine and was engaged on important patrol duties off West Africa. After his Army training he was drafted to the Western Front, where he took part in many engagements, was three times wounded in action and was killed on October 2nd 1918, during the advance. He was entitled to the General Service, Victory and Mercantile Marine War Medals. 40, Somerset Road, Portswood, Southampton”.