By the time the 1901 census was taken, the family was still living at
South Street with
John Weller senior now noted as a labourer on a farm and George and John
working as carters’ mates on a farm.
There are also two additional members of the household noted: Ellen
Weller (aged eight) and Charles Buckwell aged 20 (working as a carter on a
farm). Charles’ relationship to the head
of the household is noted as “boarder” but he was in fact Elizabeth Weller’s
son and therefore a half-brother to the four Weller children.
Chailey Parish Magazine notes in October 1914 that James Weller is serving his King & Country, updating this information in October 1915 to note that he is a private with the 7th Royal Sussex Regiment. In January 1917 it notes that his rank is lance-corporal and this information is then repeated up to and including the final published roll in July 1919.
James’ two brothers George Weller and John Weller also served their King and Country during the First World War. His half brother Charles Buckwell also served and was killed in action on
11th July 1917.