Family History

Rosa Hill was my great aunt. Does anyone have connections with her and Bill or can remember them? Please contact me



Born:                1875 Amberley

Father:              Hale Wakeham

Mother:            Rebecca Gearing

Baptised:          31/1/1875 Amberley.

Died:                1953 Barnham

Married:           1908  Yapton (witnessed by Bessie Hill & Joseph Hill)

Spouse:            Rosa Hill

Baptised:         29/8/1886 Harting

Father:             Henry Hill

Mother;           Bessie Wild

Died:               1981 St Richardís Hospital, Chichester

Children:         William (Billy) Wakeham b 1909 Westhampnett district


1891 census:  William living with his family Middle Street, Amberley, occupation labourer. Father and brother Hale worked in Lime Pits. Brother Walter ran the Cliff Cottage (tearooms) Burpham).

Rosa living Ship Inn Harting with her widowed mother and siblings. The Ship was ownwd by her uncle Fred Wild 

1891-1896: Rosa moved 1891 to Walberton where her mother ran the Royal Oak and then to Eastergate

1896: Admitted Yapton school 20/1/896 from Eastergate.

1897-1898: Admitted Harting School 4/1/1897 and left 1/4/1898. Living with Fred Wild, Ship Inn

1901 census: William lodging 3 Henry Street, Bognor with Charles Deadman  bricklayer. Occupation: bricklayer

Rose residing at 34 West Street Bognor Berkeley Hotel), housemaid to Robert Henry Webber 23 and his wife Gertrude 24

1911 census: Residing Hope Inn 34 St Pancras, Chichester. Occupation: bricklayer, publican, working on own account. 1909 Chichester Observer directory has landlord P Turner and 1912 landlord E Ewens

1914: Billís father Hale Wakeham died 27/12/1914 whilst living with them in Aldingbourne (information from Clare Daley, Billís gt-gt-niece)

Later  occupation was a builder. Lived in Oakcroft, 6 Downview Road, Barnham.. Neither made a will. William left £2,111 6s to Rose and Rose left estate of  £7,226. At time of death William was an Air Ministry storeman.

1918-1921 electoral registers: Walnut Tree Cottage, Westergate

William Wakeham (Billy) born 1909 died  18 August 1991 in Chichester. From early manhood a long term patient in Graylingwell Hospital, Chichester. Had fits of temper as young man, finally threatening father with a knife. Behaviour may have been due to head injury