Second Lieutenant, Worcestershire Regiment
Born: June 18th 1891
Died: October 5th 1915
Age at Death: 26
Killed in action, France, October 5th 1915
Brighton College Register: Son of P. Vaile of 10 Ormonde Terrace, London.
(Son of Philip and Amy Vaile.)
A donation to the memorial statue has been made in honour of this soldier by John Polsue (Br. 1965-69) and Jill Sherratt (BC Staff 2012-14).
You and your fellow OBs and your comrades will not be forgotten for your premature sacrifice.
Edward had belonged to the Honourable Artillery Co and then was a 2nd Lieutenant in the Worcestershire Regiment 3rd Battalion. He was killed in action on 5 October 1915. He left £527 10s 9d to his father.
Brother to I.B. Vaile (Ch. 1904-1906) and Philip A. Vaile (Ch. 1907-11).
Edward Ernest Vaile (Chichester House 1904-1906)
Edward Vaile was born in Essex on June 18th 1891. He was the second son, of four, of Philip Vaile, a lace manufacturer of French descent, and his wife Amy (nee Gilbert). The family later moved to Regents Park, London where they belatedly had a daughter, Amy. Vaile was a pupil at the College alongside his two brothers, including Philip, who was also killed in the war and on leaving became a legal clerk in a London chambers. It appears that he also joined and later received a commission in the HAC, then a territorial unit.
Shortly after the outbreak of war in 1914 Vaile was transferred to the 3rd Battalion, Worcestershire Regiment, a county with which he may have had family connections on his mother’s side. In early October 1915 the Battalion manned the trenches at ‘Sanctuary Wood’ near Ypres, then a relatively quiet stretch of the front, during which the Battalion suffered very slight losses. However, Vaile was among them, being killed in action on October 5th 1914.
Vaile has no known grave but is commemorated on the Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres.
Source: LEST WE FORGET PROJECT, Brighton College 2014/15
Also remembered on:
- Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial - Panel 34
- War Memorial from St Stephen the Martyr Avenue Road, St Johns Wood
- Worcestershire Regiment in the Great War Vol 2 by Captain H. FitzM Stacke, M.C. of the regiment