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Wallace Mortimer Rooke

Surname

Christian Names

Service Number

Rank

Regiment

Rooke

Wallace Mortimer

 

Capt

Royal Wiltshire Yeomanry

Born

Age

Enlisted at

Address

 

28

 

The Ivy

Date of Death

Where killed

Cause of Death

08/10/1918

Chippenham

Illness

Cemetery

Plot

Country

Chippenham Cemetery

1055

England

Next of Kin

Next of kin address

Town

Mortimer and Frederika Charlotte Louisa Rooke

The Ivy

Chippenham

Notes

Pneumonia as a result of Influenza caught in France.
Mentioned in Despatches.

RWY attd 2 Wilts

Last week we reported on the death of Capt Maurice Mortimer Rooke which took place at the residence of his parents, Th Ivy, on the 8th inst. Capt Rooke who was 28, at the out break of war joined the Royal Wilts Yeomanry and was attached to the Wiltshire Regiment. He was promoted Captain in June 1916 and during the past 2 years had taken part in all the engagements that his regiment worthily upheld it’s tradition and was mentioned in despatches. He contracted Spanish influenza whilst in France but got better. He obtained leave of absence and came home, where he arrived on September 30th. He was unfortunately seized with the old complaint and developed pneumonia, this proved fatal. The funeral took place on Saturday (12th October). Military honours were accorded and a firing party under the command of Sgt Maj May fired three volleys over the grave. The band of the Wiltshire Regiment led the cortege. The coffin of polished oak was draped with the Union Jack on which the sword, belt, cap and spurs of the deceased were placed.

Wilts Times 19 October 1918

Mr and Mrs Mortimer Rooke of The Ivy, who recently lost their son Capt Maurice Rooke have suffered two further bereavements. On October 14th, their youngest daughter Doris Mary Fredericka, aged 17 died through pneumonia following Spanish influenza and two days later E Marjory aged 20 died from meningitis following Spanish influenza.

Wilts Times 19 October 1918

From the transport section, 2nd Battalion Wiltshire Regiment.
In Memory of their beloved officer
Capt. Wallace Mortimer Rooke
Royal Wiltshire Yeomanry
Died 8th October 1918
Aged 28
One of the best

Memorial plaque in St Andrew’s church

Wallace Mortimer Rooke Born 20 July 1890, died 8 October 1918.
Sisters Ellen Marjory Born 16 September 1898 Died 16 October 1918
Doris Mary Frederika Born 1 February 1901Died 14 October 1918

Parents Mortimer Rooke Died 16 May 1942
Frederika Charlotte Louisa Died 27 March 1954

Headstones in Chippenhma Cemetery

Memorials Commemorated on:

Chippenham Town War Memorial

Yes

St Paul’s Church

St Andrew’s Church

Yes

Liberal Club

Hardenhuish Church

Causeway Methodist Church
Pewsham Street
Boys School
Congregation Church

Last updated - 03/11/2010

 

 


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