L. V. Wellman M.M.
Corporal 155th Field Company
|| D J Wellman
Corporal L.V. Wellman, Vic, is buried in grave number 13847 which is marked by a CWGC war pattern headstone. He was one of three brothers to serve in the war. His brother Jack, was killed in action July 16th 1916.
Lance Corporal D. J. Wellman
3614 ‘A’ Company
2nd/4th Royal Berkshire Regiment He is buriedat Laventie Military Cemetery, La Gorgue. Location II. C. 17. He had only been at the front for two months and was in the signalling section of the 2nd/4th Royal Berkshire Regiment. He had worked at Huntley and Palmer’s until January 1916.
Brother Tom served in India and they had a sister Dolly.
The death of Vic was particularly hard to bear as the short poem with the notification of death in the Standard 8th November 1919 indicates. In loving memory of our dear and eldest son, L. V. Wellman, who passed away on October 31st, 1919, after suffering form gas poisoning. Although just recently discharged, has served 3yrs in France with RE; also won the MM.
The war was over, victory won,
How gladly we rejoiced
To think that our Vic, would soon be home,
Having his duty done.
But, alas, our joy was but in vain,
He only came home to leave us again;
Not to that battlefield where our Jack was slain,
But to Heaven where he will find rest without pain.
From his loving Mum and Dad.
The sorrow continued although the Wellman’s were typical of their stoic generation.
Std. July 17th 1920 – In loving memory of Lance Corporal D. J. Wellman of 51 Weldale St. Reading – KiA July 16th 1916 – From mother and father, sister and brother.
Some may think that we forget him
When at times they see us smile;
But they little know the sorrow
Which that smile hides all the while.
When a brother is good and kind,
It’s then that you miss him most;
And although you are gone from us, dear Vic,
You’ll always be in our mind.
From his only sister Doll and brother Tom in India