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James and William Voice

James and William Voice were brothers.

James Victor Voice

Able Seaman J/28250 HMS Marksman Royal Navy
Died 25 September 1919 aged 22
Remembered on Ash War Memorial
Buried in St Mary's Churchyard, Stockleigh Pomeroy, Devon
Remembered on the Memorial to the Men of Ash Vale in St Mary’s Church
Remembered on the Ash Vale School Memorial

James Voice was born in 4 May 1897 in Ash Vale and baptised at St Peter’s Church. He was the son of William and Mary Ann Voice.

The 1901 and 1911 censuses record the family living in Wood Street, and William Voice was a carpenter. James’s older sister Mildred, aged 13, had been born in Horsham.

The Ash Parish Magazine October 1908 records that Ernest Field and James Voice were amongst 19 boys and girls from Heathcote School who received prizes for “General Proficiency”. James Voice was one of the 35 old boys and evening class students from Ash Vale School who had enlisted and whose names were on the School Roll of Honour in 1915.

James Voice's Service Record shows that he joined the Navy 2 November 1913 aged 16. He had brown hair and eyes, a fresh complexion and a scar under his chin. At first he was a Boy 2nd class, but he soon became a Boy 1st class, and was promoted to Ordinary Seaman in 1915 and Able Seaman in 1916. James Voice died from Pulmonary Tuberculosis. (TNA ADM/188/703)

The Naval Medal and Award Rolls record that he had earned the 1914/15 Star. His medals were sent to is widow.

James Voice was married to Elsie P Voice of School House, Payhembury, Exeter.

William and Mary Ann Voice, lived at Ifield House in Wood Street in 1918.

William Voice MM

Lance Corporal G/15538 8th Battalion, The Queen's Royal West Surrey Regiment
Died 1 August 1917 aged 31
Remembered on Ash War Memorial
Remembered on the Menin Gate Memorial, Ieper, Belgium
Remembered on the Memorial to the Men of Ash Vale in St Mary’s Church

William Voice was born at Horsham in 1886.

The 1891 census records that their father William Voice was then the beerhouse keeper at the Duke of Cambridge pub in the Vale Road. In 1901 William was working on a farm in West Grinstead. In 1911 William was a carpenter and had been married for 3 years to Agnes Ethel, and they were living in Portslade by Sea in Sussex.

A form completed for Ash War Memorial committee lists details of both the brothers, and records that William served from 1916.

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