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William Wallace “Wal” WestleyAge: 91 years18961987

Name
William Wallace “Wal” Westley
Given names
William Wallace
Surname
Westley
Nickname
Wal
Birth January 30, 1896 27 23
Death of a maternal grandfatherWilliam Meads
July 26, 1897 (Age 17 months)
Cause: Phthisis Pulmonalis; Haemophsis
Birth of a sisterLucy Eileen “Eileen” Westley
May 10, 1898 (Age 2 years)
Birth of a sisterMyrtle Caroline Westley
September 15, 1899 (Age 3 years)
Birth of a sisterWinifred Evelyn “Winnie” Westley
April 17, 1901 (Age 5 years)
Birth of a brotherWilson Edward “Bob” Westley
July 8, 1903 (Age 7 years)
Source: Rex Westley
Birth of a sisterPhyllis Mabel “Mabel” Westley
January 19, 1905 (Age 8 years)
Birth of a brotherWilfred Nelson “Fred” Westley
July 11, 1908 (Age 12 years)
Note: Valerie Andrews gives date as 11/7/1905 Phyllis his elder sister was b.19/1/1905 so have to 1908 for…
Birth of a brotherAustin Edwin Westley
May 27, 1910 (Age 14 years)
Birth of a brotherThomas George Westley
May 19, 1915 (Age 19 years)
MarriageAlma Isobel SloaneView this family
June 30, 1915 (Age 19 years)
Birth of a daughter
#1
Lucy Eileen Marie Westley
September 11, 1915 (Age 19 years)
Death of a maternal grandmotherCaroline Harman
April 27, 1916 (Age 20 years)
Cause: Chronic Bronchitis. Heart failure.
Birth of a son
#2
William Wallace “Bill” Westley
March 9, 1917 (Age 21 years)
Death of a motherLucy Meads
April 17, 1942 (Age 46 years)
Birth of a grandson
#1
Bryan William Westley
January 27, 1947 (Age 50 years)
Birth of a granddaughter
#2
Suzanne Joyce Westley
January 4, 1949 (Age 52 years)
Death of a fatherWilliam Edward “Bill” Westley
May 28, 1949 (Age 53 years)
Birth of a grandson
#3
Robin John Westley
August 9, 1950 (Age 54 years)
Marriage of a siblingLawrence HughesWinifred Evelyn “Winnie” WestleyView this family
April 4, 1953 (Age 57 years)

Death of a sisterLucy Eileen “Eileen” Westley
January 13, 1955 (Age 58 years)
Burial of a sisterLucy Eileen “Eileen” Westley
January 1955 (Age 58 years)
Death of a sisterMyrtle Caroline Westley
October 15, 1962 (Age 66 years)
Burial of a sisterMyrtle Caroline Westley
October 1962 (Age 66 years)
Death of a grandsonRobin John Westley
January 23, 1967 (Age 70 years)
Death of a wifeAlma Isobel Sloane
April 4, 1972 (Age 76 years)
Death of a sisterWinifred Evelyn “Winnie” Westley
June 26, 1973 (Age 77 years)
Burial of a sisterWinifred Evelyn “Winnie” Westley
June 1973 (Age 77 years)
Death of a brotherWilfred Nelson “Fred” Westley
November 15, 1973 (Age 77 years)
Note: Unsure if the date of death is 1963 or 1973. Letty Thawley & Graham say 1973
Cremation of a brotherWilfred Nelson “Fred” Westley
November 1973 (Age 77 years)
Death of a brotherWilson Edward “Bob” Westley
August 14, 1974 (Age 78 years)
Burial of a brotherWilson Edward “Bob” Westley
August 1974 (Age 78 years)
Death of a brotherAustin Edwin Westley
March 9, 1979 (Age 83 years)
Burial of a brotherAustin Edwin Westley
March 1979 (Age 83 years)
Death of a sisterPhoebe Matilda Westley
December 14, 1984 (Age 88 years)
Burial of a sisterPhoebe Matilda Westley
December 1984 (Age 88 years)
Burial of a brotherWilfred Nelson “Fred” Westley
about 1985 (Age 88 years)
Cemetery: Marsden Valley Cemetery
Death of a daughterLucy Eileen Marie Westley
June 6, 1986 (Age 90 years)
Death of a sonWilliam Wallace “Bill” Westley
September 15, 1987 (Age 91 years)
Death December 11, 1987 (Age 91 years)
Burial December 1987 (Age 91 years)
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father
mother
Marriage: October 21, 1890Registry Office, Nelson, New Zealand
14 months
elder sister
19 months
elder sister
Lucy Evelyn Westley
Birth: July 1893 24 20Nelson, New Zealand
Death: September 24, 1893Bridge St, Nelson, New Zealand
3 years
himself
2 years
younger sister
16 months
younger sister
19 months
younger sister
2 years
younger brother
18 months
younger sister
4 years
younger brother
23 months
younger brother
5 years
younger brother
Family with Alma Isobel Sloane - View this family
himself
wife
Marriage: June 30, 1915Home Of Alfred A Kennedy Sloane, Halifax St, Nelson, New Zealand
2 months
daughter
18 months
son
Family with Veroniker Prickartz - View this family
himself
wife
daughter
Katharina Elizabeth Westley

Note
Written by his granddaughter Sue Pulford, Riwaka Nelson. On the 19th Janurary 1917 just 11 days short of his 21st birthday my grandfather William Wallace Westley my Grandfather William Wallace Westley enlisted as a volunteer in the N.Z. Expeditionary Force for the Great War in Europe. He was promoted to lance corpral Just before he left NZ and embarked from Wellington 19/6/1917 on the ship Willochra 85 bound for Europe. His regimental number was 4841, his occupation was listed as "driver" employed by H.J.Ruftel, Wainui St., Nelson. His enlistment papers state that he was 5ft. 61/2 ins. tall and weighed 9 st. 10 lb. - he had brown hair, blue eyes and a scar on the top of his head. He was Anglican and passed the medical examination without any problem. Know as Wal, William Wallace Westley was born in Nelson 30/1/1896, eldest son and third child of William Edward Westley and Lucy Meads. He had 5 brothers and 5 sisters - Phoebe Matilda, Lucy Evelyn [Lucy died when 3 months old in 1893] Lucy Eileen, Myrtle Caroline,Winifred Evelyn, Wilson Edward, Phillis Mable, Wilfred Nelson, Austin Edwin and Thomas George. Wal married Alma Isobella Sloane at Nelson 30 6 1915, he was 19 years old and his new wife was just 17 years. Alma was born 5.3.1898 at Westport, the only daughter and eldest child of Alfred Kennedy Sloane and Alma Oxnam. She had two brothers Alfred Albert and Bailey Gordon. Wal and Alma had two children - Lucy Marie [ Marie ] b. 11.9.1915 and William Wallace [Bill ] b. 9.3.1917 so when Wal departed NZ as a soldier for the Great War in Europe, he left behind a young wife and their two babies, Marie 19 months and Bill 3 months old. The NZEF landed at Devonport, England 16.8.1917 moving into the Sling Training Camp near Sailsbury. Wal left for France in the second Canterbury Infantry Regiment 24.9.1917 and marched into camp at Etaples three days later. On 13.10.1917 he joined the battalion and was posted to his company... According to the "Casualty form - Active Service" he was first 'Wounded in the feild' four days after Xmas 1917 and was admitted as 'wounded or sick" to French hospitals in Etaples, Beulogne, Abagne, Camares, Le Treport, Wimereux, and Rouen, several times until the last entry 30.10.1918. At some time during, or just after Wal's time at the Great War [only known as World War 1 after World War 2] possibly while convalscing or on leave he met a young German woman from Koln [Cologne] named Veronica Prickautz. They became lovers and a child was conceived probably late February 1919. Wal embarked from London 27.5.1919 at the end of the was on the S.S. Tahiti after spending 2 years and 30 days on active service. He corresponded on a postcard to Veronica [ whom he called Vera ], just before he left London on his return to NZ to his wife and family. He was discharged from duty in NZ 5.8.1919. Veroniker wrote to Wal in Nelson to tell him she was pregnant with his child. This letter, written in Germanwas intercepted by Alma before Wal arrived home. When she had it translated Alma learned of Wal's infidelity while overseas and that he had fathered a child to a German girl. I don't think Wal ever corresponded with Veroniker again, so wouldn't have kown as to whether the child was a boy or a girl, or if it had even lived. How Alma, this young wife and mother coped with the burden of this revelation is difficult to imagine. Just 21 years old, at home with two infants while her husband was away at the war for over two years she must have been devastated. Her family had cut her off when she married Wal, so she couldn't share her heartbreak with them and therefore be consoled and supported by them. It would have been a humiliating and scandulous kind of grief - something she would have to endure alone. I doubt that she ever forgave her husband and it woukld have affected their relationship for the rest of their lives. However they remained together and their Shameful secret remained hidden for 70 years... Their children grew up and were educated in Nelson. Marie married Clifford [Bill } Gibbons 20/3/1937 in Nelson. They had three children - Peter Clifford, Gillian Marie, and Roger William. Bill had a very successful building contracting business in Nelson. At 21 years old, my dad Bill Westley went away to the Second World War in North Africa and Italy with the 23rd Battalion, 8th Army. He was away from 1943 - 1945. he was wounded quite seriously and he returned to NZ on a hospital ship. before the end of the war. He met Eileen Goodman, a friend of his cousin and they married 31.3.1945. They had 5 chilldren - Bryan William, Suzanne Joyce, Robin John, Christopher Paul, and Stephen James. [Robin was killed in a shooting accident when he was 16 years old.] Bill worked as a bricklayer and plasterer for his brother-in-law Bill Gibbons, retiring after 35 years. Alma died 4.4.1972 at Nelson, her daughter Marie died 6.6.1986 and her son Bill died 195.9.1987 after 6-7 months illness. During Dad's hospitalisation his brother in law Bill Gibbons disclosed that Wal had fathered a child to a German girl during the First World War. Because of dad" illness and his subsequent death we didn't give this news any further thought, or even take it very seriously except to think that somewhere over there in Germany was a "Little Fritz" That was related to us. Wal died three months after his son in Dec., 1987 aged 91 years. Bill Gibbons died 7.9.1988. My Mum still lives in the Nelson house that my Dad when they were married in 1945. My brother Chris lives near her with his wife Sue and their and their three children Nick, Erica, and Alice. I live in Riwaka with my husband Warren and daughter Kate. My two other brothers, the oldest Bryan and his Noeline live in Auckland. They have two daughters Leigh and Joanne. My youngest brother Steve. and his wife Kelly also live in Auckland with 3 sons, Joshua, Sam and Ryan. Meanwhile Werner Stemler who lives in Cologne. Germany has spent some years seeking Wellers or Westerby so had drawn many blanks. He contacted the NZ department od Defence inb mid to late 1995 who were able to give him the name William Wallace Westley and this led him to Nelson. He arrived in Nelson and visited Marsden Valley Cemetery and asked the Sexton there about the Westleys. The sexton put him in touch with Paddy day [nee Westley daughter of Thomas George - Wal's brother.] Werner Stemmler was "Our Cousin from Cologne". His grandmother Veroniker Prickautz [also known as Vera or Verna] and she'd become pregnant to a young NZ soldier named William Wellers at the end of World War 1. She had received a postcard from him from London, before he left for NZ, after the war. "Dearest Vera, Just a few lines to let you know that I am still thinking of you and how I wish that I was back again in Cologne with you. Never mind the day will come when I will be able to come back and that day will be the happiest of my life. Well dearest I can't write much so will close with love. From William W Westley. Veroniker thought that by wreiting to William about her pregnancy he would return to Cologne and marry her as the postcard indicated that he would. Veroniker was unaware that William was already married with 2 children, and had written to him in Nelson to telll him of her predicament, buit then [mistakenly] learned that William Wellers had been killed on board a ship in th north sea and didn't make it back home. The baby, a daughter named Katharina Elisaeth Prickautz was born o n the 23.11.1919. As a single mother Veronika later married Adam Weiler who was a Sea Captain. Katarina's school leaving certificate gave her name as Prickautzaged 15 yrs. So it was possible that her mother married Adam Weiler after that age and he adopted her [as Katherina's marriage certificate gave her name as Weiler.] Kathareina Elizabeth Weiler married Jacob Stemmler, a police protection officer on the 14th September 1944, in Cologne. [her religion was Catholic] They had two sons Herbert b. 4.5.1947 and Werner b. 6.9.1950. Herbert is a barrister on Cologne, married with no children. Werner is an orthopaedic surgeon also living in Cologne he has a young son and daughter. Werner came to Nelson not realising that his grandfather only died eight years earlier and that he had seven grand children, 18 great-grand children, and 2 or 3 great-great grand children. I didn't get to meet him as his visit was only for a few days but an informal family gathering and a visit to my brother Chris. I believe he was a very likeable man who was very unsure how he would be recieved. Some of Wal's relations, of the older generation voiced their disapproval,,,,They felt it was a "slur on the family' to be dredging up Wals past again. They felt it should to rest. We younger ones, after the initial shock, welcomed him and felt having discovered our cousin it was an exciting event which added an exciting dimenson to our family tree! He went to such extradoinary lengths to contact his NZ family and stirred up so much interest that he sowed the seed for the idea for the Westly Family Reunion. Thanks Sue, for this wonderful insight into your grandfather and his family. So pleased that youth prevailed and history is recorded. WILLIAM WALLACE WESTLEY Written by his granddaughter Sue Pulford, Riwaka Nelson. On the 19th Janurary 1917 just 11 days short of his 21st birthday my grandfather William Wallace Westley my Grandfather William Wallace Westley enlisted as a volunteer in the N.Z. Expeditionary Force for the Great War in Europe. He was promoted to lance corpral Just before he left NZ and embarked from Wellington 19/6/1917 on the ship Willochra 85 bound for Europe. His regimental number was 4841, his occupation was listed as "driver" employed by H.J.Ruftel, Wainui St., Nelson. His enlistment papers state that he was 5ft. 61/2 ins. tall and weighed 9 st. 10 lb. - he had brown hair, blue eyes and a scar on the top of his head. He was Anglican and passed the medical examination without any problem. Know as Wal, William Wallace Westley was born in Nelson 30/1/1896, eldest son and third child of William Edward Westley and Lucy Meads. He had 5 brothers and 5 sisters - Phoebe Matilda, Lucy Evelyn [Lucy died when 3 months old in 1893] Lucy Eileen, Myrtle Caroline,Winifred Evelyn, Wilson Edward, Phillis Mable, Wilfred Nelson, Austin Edwin and Thomas George. Wal married Alma Isobella Sloane at Nelson 30 6 1915, he was 19 years old and his new wife was just 17 years. Alma was born 5.3.1898 at Westport, the only daughter and eldest child of Alfred Kennedy Sloane and Alma Oxnam. She had two brothers Alfred Albert and Bailey Gordon. Wal and Alma had two children - Lucy Marie [ Marie ] b. 11.9.1915 and William Wallace [Bill ] b. 9.3.1917 so when Wal departed NZ as a soldier for the Great War in Europe, he left behind a young wife and their two babies, Marie 19 months and Bill 3 months old. The NZEF landed at Devonport, England 16.8.1917 moving into the Sling Training Camp near Sailsbury. Wal left for France in the second Canterbury Infantry Regiment 24.9.1917 and marched into camp at Etaples three days later. On 13.10.1917 he joined the battalion and was posted to his company... According to the "Casualty form - Active Service" he was first 'Wounded in the feild' four days after Xmas 1917 and was admitted as 'wounded or sick" to French hospitals in Etaples, Beulogne, Abagne, Camares, Le Treport, Wimereux, and Rouen, several times until the last entry 30.10.1918. At some time during, or just after Wal's time at the Great War [only known as World War 1 after World War 2] possibly while convalscing or on leave he met a young German woman from Koln [Cologne] named Veronica Prickautz. They became lovers and a child was conceived probably late February 1919. Wal embarked from London 27.5.1919 at the end of the was on the S.S. Tahiti after spending 2 years and 30 days on active service. He corresponded on a postcard to Veronica [ whom he called Vera ], just before he left London on his return to NZ to his wife and family. He was discharged from duty in NZ 5.8.1919. Veroniker wrote to Wal in Nelson to tell him she was pregnant with his child. This letter, written in German was intercepted by Alma before Wal arrived home. When she had it translated Alma learned of Wal's infidelity while overseas and that he had fathered a child to a German girl. I don't think Wal ever corresponded with Veroniker again, so wouldn't have kown as to whether the child was a boy or a girl, or if it had even lived. How Alma, this young wife and mother coped with the burden of this revelation is difficult to imagine. Just 21 years old, at home with two infants while her husband was away at the war for over two years she must have been devastated. Her family had cut her off when she married Wal, so she couldn't share her heartbreak with them and therefore be consoled and supported by them. It would have been a humiliating and scandulous kind of grief - something she would have to endure alone. I doubt that she ever forgave her husband and it woukld have affected their relationship for the rest of their lives. However they remained together and their Shameful secret remained hidden for 70 years... Their children grew up and were educated in Nelson. Marie married Clifford [Bill } Gibbons 20/3/1937 in Nelson. They had three children - Peter Clifford, Gillian Marie, and Roger William. Bill had a very successful building contracting business in Nelson. At 21 years old, my dad Bill Westley went away to the Second World War in North Africa and Italy with the 23rd Battalion, 8th Army. He was away from 1943 - 1945. he was wounded quite seriously and he returned to NZ on a hospital ship. before the end of the war. He met Eileen Goodman, a friend of his cousin and they married 31.3.1945. They had 5 chilldren - Bryan William, Suzanne Joyce, Robin John, Christopher Paul, and Stephen James. [Robin was killed in a shooting accident when he was 16 years old.] Bill worked as a bricklayer and plasterer for his brother-in-law Bill Gibbons, retiring after 35 years. Alma died 4.4.1972 at Nelson, her daughter Marie died 6.6.1986 and her son Bill died 195.9.1987 after 6-7 months illness. During Dad's hospitalisation his brother in law Bill Gibbons disclosed that Wal had fathered a child to a German girl during the First World War. Because of dad" illness and his subsequent death we didn't give this news any further thought, or even take it very seriously except to think that somewhere over there in Germany was a "Little Fritz" That was related to us. Wal died three months after his son in Dec., 1987 aged 91 years. Bill Gibbons died 7.9.1988. My Mum still lives in the Nelson house that my Dad when they were married in 1945. My brother Chris lives near her with his wife Sue and their and their three children Nick, Erica, and Alice. I live in Riwaka with my husband Warren and daughter Kate. My two other brothers, the oldest Bryan and his Noeline live in Auckland. They have two daughters Leigh and Joanne. My youngest brother Steve. and his wife Kelly also live in Auckland with 3 sons, Joshua, Sam and Ryan. Meanwhile Werner Stemler who lives in Cologne. Germany has spent some years seeking Wellers or Westerby so had drawn many blanks. He contacted the NZ department od Defence inb mid to late 1995 who were able to give him the name William Wallace Westley and this led him to Nelson. He arrived in Nelson and visited Marsden Valley Cemetery and asked the Sexton there about the Westleys. The sexton put him in touch with Paddy day [nee Westley daughter of Thomas George - Wal's brother.] Werner Stemmler was "Our Cousin from Cologne". His grandmother Veroniker Prickautz [also known as Vera or Verna] and she'd become pregnant to a young NZ soldier named William Wellers at the end of World War 1. "Dearest Vera, Just a few lines to let you know that I am still thinking of you and how I wish that I was back again in Cologne with you. Never mind the day will come when I will be able to come back and that day will be the happiest of my life. Well dearest I can't write much so will close with love. From William W Westley. Veroniker thought that by wreiting to William about her pregnancy he would return to Cologne and marry her as the postcard indicated that he would. Veroniker was unaware that William was already married with 2 children, and had written to him in Nelson to telll him of her predicament, buit then [mistakenly] learned that William Wellers had been killed on board a ship in th north sea and didn't make it back home. The baby, a daughter named Katharina Elisaeth Prickautz was born o n the 23.11.1919. As a single mother Veronika later married Adam Weiler who was a Sea Captain. Katarina's school leaving certificate gave her name as Prickautzaged 15 yrs. So it was possible that her mother married Adam Weiler after that age and he adopted her [as Katherina's marriage certificate gave her name as Weiler.] Kathareina Elizabeth Weiler married Jacob Stemmler, a police protection officer on the 14th September 1944, in Cologne. [her religion was Catholic] They had two sons Herbert b. 4.5.1947 and Werner b. 6.9.1950. Herbert is a barrister on Cologne, married with no children. Werner is an orthopaedic surgeon also living in Cologne he has a young son and daughter. Werner came to Nelson not realising that his grandfather only died eight years earlier and that he had seven grand children, 18 great-grand children, and 2 or 3 great-great grand children. I didn't get to meet him as his visit was only for a few days but an informal family gathering and a visit to my brother Chris. I believe he was a very likeable man who was very unsure how he would be recieved. Some of Wal's relations, of the older generation voiced their disapproval,,,,They felt it was a "slur on the family' to be dredging up Wals past again. They felt it should to rest. We younger ones, after the initial shock, welcomed him and felt having discovered our cousin it was an exciting event which added an exciting dimenson to our family tree! He went to such extradoinary lengths to contact his NZ family and stirred up so much interest that he sowed the seed for the idea for the Westly Family Reunion.