WW1 - Surnames starting with the letter M. 

Victor Comley McKiever

Ship/Rgn/Sqn No:2nd Bn
Name of Rgt or Ship:Manchester Rgt
How Died:Died of Wounds
Country of burial:BelgiumGrave Photo:Yes
Cemetery or Memorial:Chester Farm Cemetery
Town Memorial:Formby, Lancashire
Extra Information:
Born during the September quarter 1889 in the Pontypridd R.D. - ref:
11a/409, the son of James Halle & Julie Hannah McKiever.  Listed as Victor
Comley McKeiver, but this is the only spelling with the 'e' before the

1891 Census - "Glan Ely House,  Eglwysilan, Glamorganshire. (Family name
spelt "McKiever").   Son - aged: 1 - born: Llanwonno, Glamorganshire.   
Head of household - James H. McLiever - Married - aged: 36 - occ: Traveller
in Fancy Goods - born: Bristol, Gloucestershire.   Also Julie McKiever -
Wife - aged: 32 - born: Pontynewedd, Monmouthshire.  Plus 7 siblings, 6
Comley family visitors.

1901 Census - 79 Donald Street, Roath, Glamorganshire.  (Family name spelt
"McKiever").    Son - aged: 11 - born: Porth, Glamorganshire.    Head of
household - James Hall McLiever - Married - aged: 47 - occ: Beer Traveller
- born: Bristol, Gloucestershire.   Also Julie Hannah McKiever - Wife -
aged: 43 - born: Pontynewedd, Monmouthshire.  Plus 6 siblings.

On the 8th April 1903, his father took his elder sister Julia Blanche
McKiever and Victor to Cape Town, South Africa aboard the S.S. Maori for
the 49 day sailing.  His parents later moved to Auckland Park,
Johannesburg, South Africa.   He returned the United Kingdom in 1908 to
attend Selwyn College at Cambridge University.  After leaving University in
1911, Victor moved to Formby gaining employment as assistant master at
Holmwood School in Barkfield Lane.  Victor also played cricket for Formby
at Cricket path and Waterloo Rugby team's second XI captain.

He volunteered in August 1914, shortly after war was declared and served in
the 3rd Battalion Manchester Regiment.  He was commissioned a month after
enlisting.   Victor arrived in France on 16th March 1915. He was later
attached to the 2nd Battalion Manchester Regiment.  He was seriously
wounded and later died of his wounds on 18th May 1915.  His headstone has
the incorrect date of his death as 28th May 1915.   He is commemporated on
the Formby Town War Memorial and a memorial in the Holy Trinity Church,
Rosemary Lane Formby.

1911 Census - No Trace of Victor nor his parents.

MIC - states that he was posted to France on the 16th March 1915.  Awarded
the 15 Star, the BWM & the VM.   It lists his sister - Miss J.B. McKiever,
4 Trafalgar Road, Cardiff as his next of kin.  This was Julia Blanche
McKiever his elder sister by eight years.

SDGW states that he was serving with the 3rd Bn - attd to the 2nd Bn
Manchester Rgt.

Letters of Administration granted at Liverpool on the 30th November 1915 to
James Hake McKiever.    Estate vaued at £49. 9. 7d.   It records Victor as
residing at Freshfield, Formby.

Memorials found on:
Wadham House School (Hale)
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