Home Page Home Page Home Page
Born: 22 March 1897, Bradford
Died: 9 November 1918
Buried: Maubeuge-Central Cemetery
Address: 15 Bromet Place, Eccleshill
Parents: William and Mary Anne, nee Walton
Siblings: Israel, Harry, Ada, Albert, Alfred
Occupation: Parcel boy, Bradford City Tramways
Organisations/clubs: Eccleshill Congregational Sunday School
Rank: Pte
Rolls of Honour: Eccleshill, Park & St Luke’s
Regiment: Machine Gun Corps
John Abel Waite
John Abel Waite was born in Eccleshill on the 22nd of March 1897, the son of William and Mary Anne, nee Walton In 1911 the family were living at 15 Bromet Place, Eccleshill. John, FWS 14, was working as a worsted spinner doffer. He was associated with the Eccleshill Congregational Sunday School. John enlisted on the 15th October 1915 as Private 19/136 in the 19th Local Reserve Battalion of the West Yorkshire Regiment. He was
19 years of age and gave his occupation as a parcel boy at Bradford City Tramways. At some point he transferred into the 32nd Battalion of the Machine Gun Corp (Infantry) as Private 31019. His Battalion joined the 11th Division in Egypt in March 1916 whilst manning the Suez Canal defences. On the 17th of June 1916 the Division was ordered to France to reinforce the Third Army on the Somme. By the 27th of July they
were in the front line on the Somme and took part in the capture of Wundt-Werk, Flers-Courcelette and Theipval. In 1917 John was in action in Operations in Ancre and then moved north to Flanders for the Battle of Messines. He was involved in the Third Battle of Lys known as Passchendaele at Langemarck, Polygon Wood, Broodseinde and Poelcapelle. John survived all these operations only to be killed in action on the
9th of November 1918 two days before the end of the War during the final advance in Picardy. He was 22 years of age. He is buried in the Maubeuge- Centre Cemetery which had remained in the hands of the Germans until it was entered by the 3rd Grenadier Guards in the early morning of the 9th November 1918. John left his effects to his mother Mary who received £20.2.0d on the 24th April 1919. This included his War Gratuity of £17.10.0d.
Eccleshill Roll of Honour Eccleshill Roll of Honour Eccleshill Roll of Honour
Researched and written by Jean Britteon, to whom many thanks
Men Who Served Home Page Men Who Served Home Page Men Who Served Home Page