2nd Lieutenant, Edward Ernest Vaile (24) – Killed in Action

3rd Battalion Worcestershire Regiment, 1st October 1915

Synopsis of Life and Military Service

Edward Ernest Vaile was born in Epping, Essex on 18 June 1891 and baptised on 24 August 1891 in Nazeing Essex. He attended Brighton college (Chichester House) between 1905 – 1907 and on leaving the school became a law clerk. 

Shortly after war was declared, he joined the Honourable Artillery Company as a Private on 6 August 1914 with a regimental number of 963. His choice of regiment was no doubt influenced by his brother, Philip Amyas Vaile, who had joined some time before him. Both of them went with the regiment to France, leaving Southampton on 18 September 1914 aboard the SS Westmeath and disembarking at St Nazaire two days later (the medal roles cite 18 September as being the date of disembarkation).

He was subsequently commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the 3rd Worcestershire Regiment on 13 August 1915.


On 1 October 1915, the Worcestershires moved up to the trenches in Sanctuary Wood, relieving the 4th Battalion Middlesex Regiment. They started taking casualties immediately with 2nd Lieutenant Cedric Ernest Wheldon Kauntze being killed that day, Private (11766) W Bow being killed on 2 October. Ernest was killed in action on 5 October.

He is remembered on Panel 34 of the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.

The Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium where Edward Ernest Vaile is honoured and remembered. © Find a Grave – International Wargraves Photography Project


His family is shown as follows :-

  • Father – Philip Vaile, born c.1859 at Islington, died 1935.
  • Mother – Amy Flora Gilbert or Vaile, born c.1862 at High Wycombe, Bucks.
  • Brother -Thomas Burdock, born 14 December 1888 at Essex, died 1968.
  • Brother – Frederick R., born, c.1900 at Marylebone, Regent’s Park.
  • Brother – Philip Amyas Vaile, born 27 July 1894 at Marylebone, London, d.14 October 1916.
  • Sister – Amy Rebecca, born c.1907.


  • The 1901 Census gives his address as 10, Ormonde Terrace, St Marylebone, London.
  • The 1911 Census gives his address as 10, Ormonde Terrace, St Marylebone, London.


Edward Vaile was awarded the 1914 Star and Clasp, Victory and the British War Medals for his service in the Great War.


Edward Vaile is honoured and remembered on the St Stephen the Martyr War Memorial, Avenue Road, London, and Brighton College War Memorial.

Links to Additional Information


  •  1901 England, Wales & Scotland Census.
  •  1911 Census for England and Wales .
  •  Commonwealth War Graves Commission.
  • Medal Index Cards: 1914-1920.
  • www.brightoncollegeremembers.com.
  • National Archives: War Diary 3 Worcestershire Regiment WO-95-1415-3
  • London Gazette : 13 August 1915 Issue 29262 Page 8025



  • Trevor Torkington
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