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Waller, Horace Edmund

Horace Edmund Waller (Faculty of Engineering), the youngest son of Mr. J. E. Waller, M.Inst. C.E., died in hospital on February 7th, 1915. He was born on April 15th, 1891, and was educated at "The Towers," Wellington College, at Tonbridge School, and King's College. At Tonbridge he obtained a scholarship at his house, The Manor House. While at King's he was a member of the O.T.C. He left King's in 1910 and went to Canada, where he was engaged in civil engineering work. On the outbreak of war with Germany he was one of the first to volunteer, and joined the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry as a private. After a few months training in Canada, on Salisbury Plain and at Winchester, the Princess Patricia's were sent to the front in December, 1914, being the first of the Canadian contingent to be engaged in active hostilities. This regiment won considerable distinction as testified by several reports from Field-Marshall Sir John French.

Early in February, 1915, Waller suffered severely from dysentery; but could not be dissuaded from continuing to take his turn in the trenches; on the 4th February he had to go into hospital, where he died on February 7th. He was buried in the churchyard of a small Belgian town with full military honours. King's College Review, June 1915


First name(s)Horace Edmund
Date of birth15 April 1891
Family detailsSon of John and Annette Waller, 172 Cromwell Road, Earls Court
Previous educationWellington College (The Towers) and Tonbridge School (Manor House)
CollegeKing's College London and/or King's College London Hospital
Dates at college1908-1910
Dept / courseFaculty of Engineering
Military unitPrincess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry (Eastern Ontario Regiment)
Place enlistedOntario Canada
Service number1530
War / conflictWorld War One (1914-1918)
Date of death7 February 1915
Place of deathDied in hospital
Cause of deathDysentery
Burial placeBerthen Churchyard later reburied in Meteren Military Cemetery
Commemoration(s)King's College Chapel
SourcesKing's College London Archives; Commonwealth War Graves Commission

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