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William Henry Wakefield

Birth
Newtown Forbes, County Longford, Ireland
Death
10 Oct 1918 (aged 35)
At Sea
Burial
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William Henry Wakefield was born on 13 August 1883, at Newtownforbes, Co. Longford.
Son of William Henry Wakefield and Louise Adelaide Wakefield, formerly Macdona.
His father was a Merchant.

In the 1901 census, William and his brother George were boarders in the home of Catherine Keary at Rutland Square [now Parnell Square] Dublin.
William was a 17 year old clerk, born in Co. Longford.
George was a 15 year old Scholar.

In the 1911 census, William H. Wakefield was a boarder in the home of the Lewis family at 84, Lower Drumcondra Road, Dublin.
He was recorded as a 28 year old Sorter at the General Post Office, Dublin. He was single, and had been born in Co. Longford.

William Henry Wakefield, a clerk, of 17 Dargle Road, Drumcondra, Dublin, son of William Henry Wakefield, a clerk, married Agnes Maguire, of Arden Cottage, Tullamore, daughter of Charles Maguire, a Clerk Teacher, on 10 October 1911, at Tullamore Catholic Church.
The witnesses were
James Maguire
Chrissie Grennan

In the 1911 census Agnes was 20 years old, and had been born in Carrickfergus, Co. Antrim.

They had four children.
Charles Henry, b. 28 Oct. 1912, m. Monica Shandley, 11 Feb. 1943
William Frederick, b. 31 May 1914,
The first two children were born at 17 Dargle Road,
Louisa Mary, b. 12 Sept. 1915,
born at 71 Russell Avenue, Drumcondra.
Agnes Teresa, b. 17 Dec. 1917. m. William Evans, 13 Feb. 1945.

At the time of his death, the family were living at Botanic Road, Glasnevin, Dublin.

William was an employee of the Post Office, working onboard the Royal Mail Ship "Leinster" when it was sunk by torpedoes fired from a German Submarine, whilst enroute from Kingstown [now Dun Laoghaire] to Holyhead, Anglesey, Wales, on the morning of 10th October 1918.
One of the torpedoes is understood to have directly hit the Post Office sorting room. Of the 22 postal staff working there, only 1 survived.
At the time of his death he had 14 years service with the Post Office.
His body was not recovered.
William died on the day of his 7th wedding anniversary.

6 December 1918.
Administration of the Estate of William Henry Wakefield, late of 162 Botanic Road, Dublin, a Postal Official, granted at the Principal Registry to Agnes Wakefield.

on 13 August 1923, his widow Agnes Teresa Wakefield, of 2 Chapel Street, Malahide, married Christopher Henry Williams, a Chemist, of 20 St. Alban's Road, South Circular Road, Dublin, at St. Andrew's Church, Malahide.
Christopher Williams, aged 55, a Chemist, late of Campile, Co. Wexford, died on 11 April 1951.

His name is included in
R.M.S. Leinster Casualties I - Z
William Henry Wakefield was born on 13 August 1883, at Newtownforbes, Co. Longford.
Son of William Henry Wakefield and Louise Adelaide Wakefield, formerly Macdona.
His father was a Merchant.

In the 1901 census, William and his brother George were boarders in the home of Catherine Keary at Rutland Square [now Parnell Square] Dublin.
William was a 17 year old clerk, born in Co. Longford.
George was a 15 year old Scholar.

In the 1911 census, William H. Wakefield was a boarder in the home of the Lewis family at 84, Lower Drumcondra Road, Dublin.
He was recorded as a 28 year old Sorter at the General Post Office, Dublin. He was single, and had been born in Co. Longford.

William Henry Wakefield, a clerk, of 17 Dargle Road, Drumcondra, Dublin, son of William Henry Wakefield, a clerk, married Agnes Maguire, of Arden Cottage, Tullamore, daughter of Charles Maguire, a Clerk Teacher, on 10 October 1911, at Tullamore Catholic Church.
The witnesses were
James Maguire
Chrissie Grennan

In the 1911 census Agnes was 20 years old, and had been born in Carrickfergus, Co. Antrim.

They had four children.
Charles Henry, b. 28 Oct. 1912, m. Monica Shandley, 11 Feb. 1943
William Frederick, b. 31 May 1914,
The first two children were born at 17 Dargle Road,
Louisa Mary, b. 12 Sept. 1915,
born at 71 Russell Avenue, Drumcondra.
Agnes Teresa, b. 17 Dec. 1917. m. William Evans, 13 Feb. 1945.

At the time of his death, the family were living at Botanic Road, Glasnevin, Dublin.

William was an employee of the Post Office, working onboard the Royal Mail Ship "Leinster" when it was sunk by torpedoes fired from a German Submarine, whilst enroute from Kingstown [now Dun Laoghaire] to Holyhead, Anglesey, Wales, on the morning of 10th October 1918.
One of the torpedoes is understood to have directly hit the Post Office sorting room. Of the 22 postal staff working there, only 1 survived.
At the time of his death he had 14 years service with the Post Office.
His body was not recovered.
William died on the day of his 7th wedding anniversary.

6 December 1918.
Administration of the Estate of William Henry Wakefield, late of 162 Botanic Road, Dublin, a Postal Official, granted at the Principal Registry to Agnes Wakefield.

on 13 August 1923, his widow Agnes Teresa Wakefield, of 2 Chapel Street, Malahide, married Christopher Henry Williams, a Chemist, of 20 St. Alban's Road, South Circular Road, Dublin, at St. Andrew's Church, Malahide.
Christopher Williams, aged 55, a Chemist, late of Campile, Co. Wexford, died on 11 April 1951.

His name is included in
R.M.S. Leinster Casualties I - Z


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