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  • Commonwealth war grave headstone marking his grave in Tyne Cot Cemetery, Belgium Courtesy of Murray Biddle
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Springfield Essex
Many of the Whall family were natives of Worksop in the 1880’s, including Edward Haversham Whall. Although the family were solicitors, Edward Haversham Whall took the spiritual route. He entered Cambridge University in 1870 and married in 1880 to Elizabeth Mary Townley at Colchester. Whilst employed as the curated of Springfield, Essex, the couple had the first two children, Anna Marjorie Whall in 1882 and Edward Lionel Haversham Whall In 1884. Edward and wife Elizabeth moved on to the Hunstanton area where they completed their family with three more daughters, Margaret Audrey in 1885, Phyllis Cicley in 1887 and Florence Irene Whall born in 1890. In 1881, Edward senior was the curate of Great Snoring, Norfolk, living in the Rectory there. The children’s mother, Elizabeth Mary Whall died in 1907, registered at Walsingham, Norfolk age 60. By 1911, Edward Lionel Haversham Whall, was living in Worksop, working as a solicitor with his uncle, James Snow Whall, and resident at Castle Farm Lane, Worksop.
20 Sep 1917
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Second Lieutenant
18th Bn King's Royal Rifle Corps
Lieut. Lionel Whall Worksop Guardian 5 October 1917 It is with regret that we have this week to record the death in action of Second-Lieu, Whall, of the Kings Royal Rifle Corps. Which occurred during the advance on September 20th? Lieut. Whall, who was 33 years of age, was the son of the Rev. Edward H. Whall, Rector of North Barsham, Norfolk, and nephew of Mr. James Snow Whall and Mr. Charles A. Whall, solicitor Worksop. He had resided for a number of years with Mr. J. S. Whall, to whom he was articled, and in whose office he remained after he had been admitted a solicitor, and to whom he was much attached. His uncle regarded him as a son, and the unaffected sympathy of our readers is expressed with Mr. Whall, and the other members of the family in the bereavement which has come upon them. Though of a retiring and unassuming disposition, Mr. Whall made many friends during his residence in Worksop, and he gave every promise of entering upon a long, useful, and successful career. He volunteered under Lord Derby’s scheme, and in May, 1916, he was in the ranks of the 3rd, Norfolks, as an ordinary Tommy. In the autumn of last year he was recommended for a commission. He passed through the Cadet Training School at Cambridge, and was in due time gazetted to one of our famous Regiments, the Kings Royal Rifles. He had been in France some little time before the end came, though apparently his first battle was his last. No doubt he had been under fire before September 20th; at any rate he fought bravely and fell like a gallant Englishman we know from the letter wherein his Commanding Officer pays a tribute to his soldierly qualities, “I understand”, he adds, “that he was killed instantly by a bullet”. His memory will be cherished by all those who knew him.
CWG additional information:- Son of the Rev. Edward Haversham Whall and Elizabeth Mary Whall. Born at Springfield, Essex. Solicitor in firm of J. S. and G. A. Whall, of Worksop, Notts. He is Commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium. Apart from being named on the Worksop Memorials, Edward is named on the North Barsham Norfolk War Memorial where his father was the curate there. It is noted that his elder sister also died in the war as the Barsham War memorial also records " Anna Marjorie Whall, Assistant Administrator, Queen Marys Army Auxiliary Corps. Died 6th December 1918, aged 36 years. Daughter of Revd Edward Haversham Whall and Elizabeth Mary Whall of North Barsham Rectory, Norfolk. Buried Ste Marie Cemetery. Div 62.IV. France Research by Colin Dannatt
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  • Commonwealth war grave headstone marking his grave in Tyne Cot Cemetery, Belgium Courtesy of Murray Biddle
    Edward Lionel Haversham Whall - Commonwealth war grave headstone marking his grave in Tyne Cot Cemetery, Belgium Courtesy of Murray Biddle