GALE, William Jefford
William Jefford GALE
Killed by Enemy Action on 18th February 1941
William Jefferd GALE was born on 10th November 1892, in Plumstead (Woolwich Q4-1892 1D:1246) son of Walter John and Eleanor GALE (née WILLIAMS).
1901 census...Aged 8 he was at 43 Prince's Street, Rotherhithe with his father Walter J GALE  flour miller's foreman, bornWiltshire; his mother Eleanor  born South Wales; uncle Jeffrey  coach builder born Salisbury; brothers Walter J born Plumstead, and George  born Rotherhithe; sisters Margaret E  and Harriet E [10 months] both born Rotherhithe.
1911 census...Aged 19 he appears to have been Driver William GALE in the Army Service Corps as a groom, at Woolwich.
He married Ethel CLARK in 1913 in Guildford
In the 1939 register, a head lad in stables, he was living at The Gem, Tobacconists Shop, Exning Road, (2 down from the Exning Road Working Mens Club. With him were his wife Ethel [18-3-1893]; daughters Constance E [19-7-1915] a telephonist (later Mrs CALLOW) and Margaret E [1-8-1922] typist (later Mrs BISETT). There are 2 closed records.
Injured in the High Street, Newmarket, died the next day in White Lodge Emergency Hospital, Exning Road, Newmarket. No-one now can tell us why he was known as "Sloper" Gale.
William is buried in Newmarket Cemetery, Ref: New Ground L:2
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