William Henry Wakefield

Newtown Forbes, County Longford, Ireland
Death 10 Oct 1918 (aged 35)
At Sea
Burial Body lost at sea
Memorial ID 142876924 · View Source
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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,
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. 1918.

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.

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


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  • Created by: John
  • Added: 20 Feb 2015
  • Find a Grave Memorial 142876924
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for William Henry Wakefield (13 Aug 1883–10 Oct 1918), Find a Grave Memorial no. 142876924, ; Maintained by John (contributor 47032041) Body lost at sea.