WOLFE, William Samuel

No.G/40096, Lance Corporal, William Samuel WOLFE
Aged 36

2nd Battalion, The Queens (Royal West Surrey Regiment)
formerly 11236, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment)
Died of his Wounds on Thursday, 25th October 1917

William Samuel WOLFE was born in Stow cum Quy in 1881 (Chesterton Q3-1881 3B:448), son of William and Hannah Stanford WOLFE (née IMPEY). The only place he is recorded as Samuel William is on the Stow cum Quy memorial.

1891 census...Aged 9, he was at 3 Cage Hill, Stow cum Quy with his father William WOLFE 38] domestic gardener born Milton; his mother Hannah [38] born Teversham; brothers George [7], Charles [5] and Francis [10 months]; sister Sarah [3]. All the children were born in Stow cum Quy.

1901 census...Aged 19, a dock labourer, he was a boarder with Francis JENNINGS and his family at 14 Foster Road, Ramsey, Essex.His parents were in High Street, Stow cum Quy with his brothers James, Francis, Henry [8] and Frederick [6]; sister Sarah

In 1906 he married Sarah Nornington SMITH (Cambridge Q4-1906 3B:1022)

1911 census...Aged 29, a domestic gardener, he was at 36 Paradise Street, Cambridge with his wife Sarah Nornington 4-5-1878] [32] born Cambridge; their son William Harry Doughty [14-10-1907]; daughters Lilian Emily Sarah [12-5-1909] and Dorothy Hannah [28-10-1910]. The three children were born in Cambridge.

He enlisted in Cambridge.
The Battalion War Diary is not much help as without his Army service records there is no way of saying exactly when or where he was wounded. The battalion had not been involved in any heavy fight in October, mostly in camp, training.

photo: Rodney Gibson

William Wolfe is buried in Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, grave 22:C:10
also commemorated on the Cambridge St Andrew the Great and Cambridge Guildhall war memorials

click here to go to the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website for full cemetery/memorial details