Waller Brothers

Waller Brothers

The tragedy of the huge losses suffered by the British during the First World War was nowhere more keenly felt than in the households plunged into a state of grief or anxiety when news was received of the death of a loved one.

A standard form was sent by the British War Office to next of kin to notify them of a death.

Many families lost more than one member, such as the Waller family from Alloa.

On 27 October 1915, the Alloa Circular reported:

Private Jack Waller

Mr & Mrs A. P. Waller, Glebe Terrace, have had no communication from their son, Private Jack Waller, of Lochiel's Camerons, since the battalion was in action. Private Waller, who was about 24 years of age, was an engineer to trade and at the outbreak of the war was employed in Glasgow.

On 3 November 1915, the Alloa Circular  reported:

Mr A. P. Waller, Glebe Terrace, has been officiallly notified from the Record Office, Perth, that his son, Private Jack Waller, of Lochiel's Camerons, unofficially reported missing, was wounded in France on 27th September.

On 5 January 1916, the Alloa Circular reported:

KILLED

Lance-Corporal J. A. Waller

Mr A. P. Waller, Inland Revenue Supervisor, 7 Glebe Terrace, received official intimation on Thursday morning that his son, Lance Corporal J. A. Waller, 5th Cameron Highlanders, had been killed in action in the Loos engagement. It may be remembered that some time ago Mr Waller was notified by the military authorities that his son was missing. The deceased, who was about 25 years of age, was an old pupil of Alloa Academy, and served his apprenticeship as an electrical engineer. At the outbreak of war he was employed in Glasgow.

On 29 December 1917, the Alloa Journal reported:

THE LATE LIEUTENANT PHILLIP D. WALLER

The eldest son of Mr and Mrs A. P. Waller, Glebe Terrace, Alloa, fell in action in France a fortnight ago. Lieut. Waller, who was born in Bath in 1889, was trained as an engineer in the Newport Dock Company, under Col. Pearson, who is now serving in Mesopotamia. He subsequently proceeded to South Africa, and settled in Johannesburg, where he had an appointment under Johannesburg Town Council. A good sport in every sense of the term and full of patriotic fervour, he saw it to be his duty to do something for his country, and he joined up in August 1915, with the overseas contingent of the Royal South African Heavy Artillery, in which he obtained his commission only last May. As indicated above, Lieut. Waller was a well known athlete, and after being a prominent member of the Somerset county football team he joined the Newport F.C., and played in no fewer than five rugby internationals, accompanying the British rugby team to South Africa in 1908. Lieut. Waller was also a cricketer and golfer and a lover of outdoor sport generally. Personally, he was a charming young man, of fine physique, abundant fervour, and highly attractive manner, he was a very popular officer, loved by the men, and regarded with great favour, by his superiors. Those personal qualities also secured for him in civil life a wide circle of friends who regret his untimely though glorious death, and who extend to bereaved parents and family heartfelt sympathy in their irreparable loss. Mr and Mrs Waller lost a younger son in the War two years ago.

On 25 May 1918, the Alloa Journal reported:

ALLOA OFFICER'S FATAL FLIGHT

Three Sons Killed and One Serving

A Great Record

With feelings of very deep regret indeed we announce the death of Second Lieut. Richard Perry Waller, RAF, son of Mr A. P. Waller, supervisor, Glebe Terrace, Alloa, who was killed in a flying accident at Montrose on Tuesday afternoon. Lieut. Waller, who was only 20 years of age, began his engineering training in 1914 with Messrs Taylor and Wadsworth, Leeds. he joined the R.F.C. last July at Leeds, and spent his training period at Hastings, and Denholm in Bucks. He was thereafter tranferred to Montrose to complete his flying course. Only a week ago he gained his wings, was graded as a pilot, and came home on his first leave. He returned to Montrose on Monday morning and was killed the following afternoon. The accident occurred through the engine of his machine stalling, and as he was only about 400 feet up he had no chance of recovery and the machine nose dived with fatal result. Lieut. Waller was a good type of officer, of fine physique, good appearance and gentlemanly bearing. He was an enthusiastic aviator and greatly devoted to the service. Of a very genial temprament, he had many friends both here and in Montrose, and to-day that wide circle mourn his untimely loss. The sympathetic feelings of the community go out to Mr and Mrs Waller and family at this sad time. Richard is the third son who has paid the supreme sacrifice in this War - other two having fallen while serving with infantry regiments - and a fourth is in France attached to the Black Watch. Surely in this there is a record of patriotism of which any family and town ought to be proud, and people will be costrained to mingle their sympathy with praise for the parents who gave so ungrudgingly their gifted sons to fight for their country in its hour of trial. The funeral which will be of military character, will take place this afternoon. There will be a service in St. John's Episcopal Church, Alloa, at 2 o'clock, and the cortege will leave the Church for Sunnyside Cemetery at 2.30.

Army chaplain with the fallen
An Army chaplain with the fallen.
Battle of Loos 1915
At the Battle of Loos in 1915.
Battle of Cambria
At the Battle of Cambria in 1917.
Montrose Air Station-Pilots 1918
Montrose Air Station Pilots in 1918.