GALE, William Jefford

William Jefford GALE
Killed by Enemy Action on 18th February 1941
Aged 48

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 [44] flour miller's foreman, bornWiltshire; his mother Eleanor [46] born South Wales; uncle Jeffrey [57] coach builder born Salisbury; brothers Walter J [9]born Plumstead, and George [6] born Rotherhithe; sisters Margaret E [3] 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
and is also commemorated on the Exning Road plaque, kept in the Exning Road Working Mens Club

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