For today’s blog post, I would like to share the wartime experiences of my great uncle, Anton Henry Samuel Wassmer, who was killed in action 100 years ago yesterday.
Anton Henry Samuel was the eldest son of Anton and Therese Wassmer, who were married in London in 1887. My late grandmother would recall of Anton (senior) that he was a wig-maker from the East End of London. This has proven to be fairly accurate, with Anton (senior) listed as a hairdresser on the 1911, 1901 and 1891 Census returns.
The Census returns also reveal that Anton (senior) was born in what is now modern day Germany. This obviously adds some further intrigue given the opposing forces of the First World War. Despite this, and with over 25 years residence in Britain, three of Anton’s sons – Anton Henry Samuel, William and John – served in the British Army during the First World War.
Anton Henry Samuel Wassmer was born in 1887, the first of eight children for Anton (senior) and Therese. On the 1911 Census Anton Henry Samuel can be found under the Regimental returns for the 17 Lancers, who were overseas in India at the time at the Edward barracks, Sialkot. Importantly for my research, it appears that Anton dropped his first name and is recorded as Henry Samuel Wassmer. Continue reading »