W Gammage

John William Gammage (name inscribed on Roll of Honour is W Gammage) was born in the second quarter of 1891 to Robert and Jane Gammage, nee Clark.   Parish Records show his baptism on 5/6/1891.   They also sadly show the burial of his mother on 8/6/1891, three days later.

The 1901 Census shows him aged 9, living with his father Robert who was then aged 51,working as a farm bailiff, and his sister Mary Ann, aged 24, at the home of Sarah Fletcher, farmer at Little Cowarne, Herefordshire.

At the time of the 1911 Census he had returned to West Haddon with his father and his sister.   William, then aged 19, was working as a groom.

He married Kate Eveline Green in Towcester on 18/12/1918.   They had one child.

One record reports that John William Gammage died in 1923 aged 32.   A second report gives the date as 2/10/1924

Granny Katie
This photograph is reproduced from Ancestry with the comment “Granny Katie and possibly her husband”

John William Gammage served in the military between the years 1914 to 1920.   The Ancestry comment in respect of the above photograph states “From the uniform in the picture John William appears to be a farrier in the Royal Field Artillery.   He was awarded the Victory and British Medal”   This is borne out by an entry in the Absentee Voters’ Register 1911 which shows a John William Gammage, military number 128814, S/S A/181 Brigade Royal Field Artillery.




Jim Blakey  March 13, 2017