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Walter Vacey was born in 1892 at Newark and was the son of Joseph a maltsters labourer and Lucy Vacey née Topps of 3 Malt Kiln Terrace Newark. His father was born in 1859 at Kirkby, Lincolnshire and his mother Lucy Topps was born in 1859 at Muston, Leicestershire, they were married in 1884 their marriage was recorded in the Grantham registration district, they went on to have the following children all of whom were born in Newark, William b1885, Joseph b1887, Robert b1890, Walter b1892, Herbert b1896 and Lillian b1899. In the 1911 census the family are living at 3 Maltkiln Terrace, Northgate Newark and are shown as Joseph 52 yrs a maltsters labourer, he is living with his wife Lucy 52 yrs and their children William 26 yrs a chemical labourer, Joseph 24 yrs a chemical labourer, Robert 21 yrs a chemical labourer, Walter 19 yrs a maltster labourer, Herbert 15 yrs an errand boy and Lillian 12 yrs a scholar.
In 1911 Walter Vacey was a maltster's labourer.
06 Sep 1916
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Royal Garrison Artillery
Gunner Walter Vacey enlisted at Leeds and served with 'Z' 30th Trench Mortar Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery. He landed in France on 26th December 1915 and was killed in action on 6th September 1916. He is buried at Gorre British and Indian Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France.
His brother Lance Corporal Robert Vacey enlisted at Newark and served with the 1/8th battalion Sherwood Foresters Regiment. He landed in France on 18th August 1915 and was killed in action on 23rd April 1917. Having no known grave his name is commemorated on the Arras Memorial, bay 7. Article published 20th September 1916 in the Newark Advertiser :- Fourth son of Mr & Mrs J. Vacey, 3 Malt Kiln Terrace, Northgate, Newark. A native of Newark and attended Lovers’ Lane School, before working for Messrs. Gilstrap, Earp and Co. He then spent three years with Leeds City Police Force before joining the Royal Garrison Artillery. Had been out in France for eight months, when killed in action. Brother of Robert Vacey, killed 1917.
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