Walter Reginald William Macey.

Date of birth:                 1894PoppiesPlace of birth:               Southampton
Date of marriage:        1917
Place of marriage:       Southampton
Rank:                                Greaser
Regiment / Division:  Mercantile Marine Reserve
Battalion/Ship             H.M. Yacht “Valiant II”
Died:                                 1st October 1918 aged 24 years
Death Location:          Southampton

Life before the War

Walter Reginald was the son of Walter and Bertha Elizabeth nee Babbidge. His father Walter was born in Millbrook, Southampton in 1869 and worked as a fireman he died in 1907.

His mother Bertha, was born at Cowes on the Isle of Wight, where she was baptised on 6th November 1872. Walter and Bertha were married in Southampton 1888. After the death of her husband, she went on to marry Isaac Dear in 1909. Bertha died in 1930.

Walter had 1 sister and 2 brothers:-

Gertrude Dora J born 9th December 1891, she  married in 1915 to Harry Ings. She died in 1978.
Horace Arthur born on 30th June 1901, married Julia A Medley 1929. He died in 1966.
Thomas James was born on 1904. He died in  1965

In the 1901 census Walter Reginald was registered as  living at 45, Bond Street, St. Mary’s Parish, Southampton  with his mother and sister.

His father was not at home at the time of the census.

By the 1911 census, his mother had remarried and had 4 further children. Walter Reginald with his 2 brothers were living with their mother, step father and step siblings at 93, York Street, Northam, Southampton. Walter Reginald was employed by the Iron Works as a Labourer.

Walter Reginald married Ellen Blanche nee McInerney in 1917. Ellen was born in 10th October 1895. She went on to marry William F Preston in 1921.

Miltary Service

Royal Navy and Royal Marine War Graves Roll

Name: Walter Reginald Macey
Rank: Greaser
Branch of Service: Mercantile Marine Reserve
Cause of Death: Died from disease
Official Number Port Division: N.K.
Death Date: 1 Oct 1918
Ship or Unit: HMS Valiant II
Location of Grave: B 164 51
Name and Address of Cemetery: Southampton Cemetery, Southampton, Hants
Relatives Notified and Address: Wife: Mrs EBMacey 26 Standford St Chapel Southampton, Hants

Walter died on 1st October 1918 from pneumonia. He is buried at Southampton Old Cemetery, plot reference 164 B. 51.

cemetary mace

Southampton Old Cemetary

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Walter Macey Headstone


Researched by Becky Lonergan 2013.

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