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World War Two Roll of Honour - W


Historian Ian Ronayne has produced this listing of Jersey men and women, residents and those with strong connections to the island who lost their lives in conflict in the Second World War. It enlarges on the official Roll of Honour produced by a States Committee in 1982, including a significant number of new names.

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Index to Roll of Honour - W

Name Rank Unit Date of death Status
Walker, Ian Patrick Goold [1] Captain 1st Northamptonshire Yeomanry 6 July 1945 Confirmed
Walters, Charles William [2] Private York and Lancaster Regiment 25 September 1944 Confirmed
Watkins, Herbert William [3] Flying Officer Royal Australian Air Force 21 May 1944 Contender
Watson, Donald Austin [4] Sergeant 57 Squadron 11 December 1941 Confirmed
Watton, Francis Edward [5] Corporal The Queen's Royal Regiment (West Surrey) 1 March1944 Confirmed
Watts, Herbert Cecil [6] Able Seaman HMS Royal Oak 14 October 1939 Confirmed
Webb, William Henry Ernest [7] Civilian 16 December 1942 Confirmed
Whelan, John Edward [8] Able Seaman HMS Capel 26 December 1944 Confirmed
White, Richard Herbert [9] Major 9th Jat Regiment 20 January 1944 Confirmed
Whiteley, Michael John [10] Flight Sergeant 159 Squadron 12 November 1944 Connection doubtful
Wilkinson, George Herbert [11] Civilian 9 January 1945 Confirmed
Williams, Desmond Gordon [12] Pilot Officer 92 Squadron 10 October 1940 Confirmed
Williams, Joseph [13] 24 May 1944 Contender
Williams, John Middleton [14] Able Seaman HMS Tamar 25 December 1941 Confirmed
Wills, Henry Samuel [15] Lieutenant Royal Corps of Signals 16 August 1943 Contender
Wilmot, John [16] Sergeant 14 Squadron 16 January 1942 Confirmed
Wood, Windsor Walter [17] Sergeant Hampshire Regiment 22 April 1943 Confirmed
Wood, Benjamin Brinley [18] Flight Sergeant 75 Squadron 23 June 1943 Confirmed
Woodcock, Frederick Edwin [19] Able Seaman HMS Bullen 6 December 1944 Confirmed
Wright, William John [20] Flying Officer 120 Squadron 9 January 1943 Confirmed
Wanecque, Julien Occupation Workforce 9 March 1942
Wellens, Thomas Engine Room Artificer 4th Class HMS Charybdis 23 October 1943
Westemeier, William Private 1403rd Army Air Force Base Unit 30 October 1944
Wiasun, Andrei Occupation Workforce
Willis, Arthur Able Seaman HMS Charybdis 23 October 1943
Wjadjacu, Andrej Occupation Workforce

Notes and references

Please note that some entries, for persons who have not been clearly identified and for whom no local connection has been established, have been omitted, but will be added to the list if more information becomes available. This includes some names which are included in the official 1982 Roll of Honour, with no supporting information

  1. Only son of George Goold and Lilian Sophie Walker, of L'Etacq, St Ouen. He was a sanitary inspector in Jersey before the Great War and held a commission in the Royal Jersey Artillery. Died of wounds received in Italy in October 1944.
  2. The only son of Richard William and Martha Walters, of Winchester Villas, Winchester Street, St Helier. Attended St Luke's School and worked for La Collette Harbour Works. Left island in evacuation and subseqently joined up. Killed in action while serving as a gunner in an AA battery in Belgium after D-Day and buried in Leopoldsburg War Cemetery.
  3. Son of Frederick and Florence Maude Watkins, of Faulconbridge, New South Wales, Australia and husband of Vera, of St Helier. Lost in the Bay of Biscay while flying in a Coastal Command Liberator.
  4. Youngest son of George and Marguerite Watson of Summerfeilds Villas, Samares, St Clement. Educated at Jersey Modern School before spending six years working at the Income Tax office, then joining Reade, Son and Cocke, chartered accountants. A keen sportsman, he took part in inter-insular matches. He left island in 1940 evacuation to join the RAF. Killed at the age of 25 when his Wellington Bomber crashed near East Wretham Airfield while returning from a raid on Le Havre.
  5. The eldest son of Francis and Albertine Watton of Beachside, Le Bourg, St Clement. Employed as a carpenter by Mr Herivel before the war and member of Wanderers FC. Left during the evacuation. Killed in the Italian Campaign and buried in Beach Head War Cemetery, Anzio
  6. The son of Henry William and Matilda Jane Watts, of 13 Roseville Street, St Helier. He joined the Navy in 1915 as a boy sailor and served continuously. From HMS Courageous he was transferred to the battleship HMS Royal Oak on the outbreak of war and lost his life when she was was torpedoed and sunk by a German Uboat while at anchor in Scapa Flow. His brother had been lost on HMS Hampshire during the Great War.
  7. Deported from Jersey and interned at Biberach, where he died in 1942.
  8. Son of Clarence Andrew and Morfydd Whelan, of Les Vaux Villas, Valley Road, St Helier. Known as 'Jack', he was educated at First Tower School and La Motte Street Elementary School, afterwards working for a short time for Laurens of Queen Street. Served at age 19on the frigate HMS Capel, formerly a US Navy destroyer when she was torpedoed off Cherbourg by submarine U-486 and sank, with the loss of the whole complement of 76. Commemorated on the Plymouth Naval Memorial
  9. No information available to link him to Jersey
  10. Husband of Theresa Eliza Wilkinson, of 16 Union Street, St Helier. Died at Biberach
  11. Born in Shropshire, he attended Victoria College in the late 1930s, before joing the RAF and training as a fighter pilot. Fought over Dunkirk and in the Battle of Britain, shooting down several enemy aircraft. Killed in a collision with another RAF plane while attacking an enemy aircraft.
  12. Eldest son of Mr and Mrs J Williams, of 62 Ullswater Crescent, Radipole, Weymouth. Educated at De La Salle College. Killed on air operations over Germany.
  13. The eldest son of Mr and Mrs M J Williams of 42 Don Road, St Helier. Worked as a junior clerk at the Evening Post before the war and joined the Boys' Service of the Royal Navy. Reported missing, believed killed in action, during the Battle of Hong Kong.
  14. Son of Henry Charles and May Eve Wills and husband of Phyllis Mary, of St Saviour
  15. The husband of Ena Kent and son-in-law of Charles Kent, a local butcher. Originally from Scotland, he was a regular visitor to Jersey and particularly Havre des Pas Bathing Pool. He met his future wife while holidaying in the island. Their son was born three months after the missing in action report. His Wellington bomber crashed at Arden Great Moor in Yorkshire while returning to base
  16. The fourth son of James and Rosemary Wood, of 1 Seafield, Samares, St Clement and husband of Ethel Alice, of Carisbrooke, Newport, Isle of Wight. Killed in action during Tunisian Campaign while attacking Bou Arada. His brother Ben (below) was also killed durin the war.
  17. The son of James Richard and Rosemary Ellen Wood, of 1 Seafield Avenue, Samares, St Clement. One of six children. His brother Windsor (above) was also a casualty and three other brothers served in the forces. Worked for the SCS bus service, the States Drains Department and Citroen Garage in St Helier before the Occupation. Left during the evacuation in June 1940. He initially joined the Hamphire Regiment but subsquently volunteered for the RAF. After training in Canada he flew Short Stirlings from Newmarket. Killed on a raid over Germany
  18. The only son of E J and Mrs Woodcock of Stonecot, Mont Millais, St Helier. Attended Victoria College between 1920 and 1927, after which he worked on the staff of the Impots. Joined the Royal Navy in 1940 and served on various ships. Killed when his last ship was torpedoed off Scotland
  19. Son of J J Wright of Charles Street, St Helier. Attended Victoria College between 1914 and 1921, where he was noted as have an exceptional talent for throwing cricket balls. Joined Lloyds bank after school before being commissioned into the RAF. Killed when his Liberator bomber caught fire and crashed while taking off from Reykjavik.
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