Wilfred Loveday Hales

Date of birth: 1888
Place of birth: Southampton
Regiment: Hampshire
Battalion: 1st
Rank / Service No: Private, 25838
Died: 25th October 1918, aged 30 years
Buried: Ramillies British Cemetery, France (G.1)

 

Wilfred was the youngest of 3 siblings born to William and Fanny Jane Hales (nee Cudlipp), who married in Southampton in 1881.

The couple probably met when they were servants in the Haselfoot household in Southampton in the 1870’s.

 

The family lived at 103 Milton Road, Shirley.

 

William was born in Southampton in 1836 and passed away in Shirley in 1887.

 

Fanny was born in Bursledon in 1852 and she married George Miller in Southampton in 1892.

She passed away in Winchester in 1938.

 

Siblings 

Fanny ROSINA   b. 1882 Southampton   d. 1967 Bournemouth   Married Alfred George Staveley Bailey in Shirley in 1908.

Mabel Elizabeth   b. 1886 Southampton   d. 1970 Bournemouth   Married Percival B. Harding in Southampton in 1913.

Wilfred Loveday

 

The 1st Hampshires were part of the 11th Brigade in the 4th Division when they disembarked at Le Havre on 23 August 1914.

The Division were called straight into battle, at Le Cateau, at the tail-end of the Battle of Mons.

 

Wilfred probably lost his life on the last day of the Battle of the Selle, which involved recapturing Le Cateau.

The battle was seen as a significant Allied victory, with over 20,000 German prisoners taken.

 

Wilfred was originally buried in Escuadoeuvres Convent Cemetery but his grave was moved to the Ramillies British Cemetery after the Armistice.

 

The cemetery now holds 175 Commonwealth WW1 graves.

 

 

Researcher: Mark Heritage
Published: 2nd September 2016
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