Ernest Seward Whaley



A native of St. Ives, in the county of Huntingdonshire (now merged with Cambridgeshire) Ernest was the only child of Frederick Whaley (b. 1853), banker's clerk, and Amelia (b. 1850).
He married Louise Gladys, nee Marshall, in 1914. They had two daughters and a son, J A Whaley. J A was reported missing in Singapore in 1942.

Of all his activities, Ernest was perhaps most widely known as founder and honorary secretary of the Wokingham Lecture Society which terminated during the Second World War. He was also a prominent freemason and keenly interested in education.
Louise served as Mayoress during her husband's Mayoral year. During her year in office the Wokingham Maternity an Child Welfare for Wokingham was formed and she was elected honorary secretary of the centre.

Ernest died in Newbury Hospital, on the 3rd of August 1942, after an operation, and was buried in All Saints’ Churchyard. Whaley Road was named in his memory.


Former Mayors of Wokingham from 1885 - 1946, by J Bell.




“Ernest Seward Whaley,” Wokingham's Virtual Museum, accessed September 20, 2021,



Mayor 1928