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Surname: WHITHAM

Forename(s): Edward

Place of Birth: Skipton, Yorkshire

Service No: 473845

Rank: Corporal

Regiment / Corps / Service: Labour Corps

Battalion / Unit: 63rd Coy Chinese Labour Corps

Division: ---

Age: ---

Date of Death: 1919-03-16

Awards: ---

CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: LXXII.E.23.


CWGC Memorial: ---

Non-CWGC Burial: ---

Local War Memorial(s): Not Listed (View Names Not Listed on a Local War Memorial)

Additional Information:

Edward Whitham was the son of John and Eliza Whitham, née Whitaker. Both parents were born at Skipton, Yorkshire.

1881 Skipton, Yorkshire, Census: 7, Mount Pleasant - Ned Whittam, aged 9 years, born Skipton, son of John and Eliza Whittam.

1891 Skipton, Yorkshire, Census: 8, Mount Pleasant - Edward Whittham, 18 years, born Skipton, son of John and Eliza Whittham.

Edward was married to Martha Alice Wilkinson in 1891.

1901 Blackburn, Lancashire, Census: 63, Shaw Street - Edward Whitham, aged 29 years, born Skipton, Yorkshire. [Edward was boarding with his sister, Alice, and brother-in-law, Walter Wilson. In 1901, Edward's wife, Martha Alice, was living at 11, Mount Pleasant, Skipton.]

1911 Blackburn, Lancashire Census: 19, Ashworth Street - Edward Whitham, aged 37 years, born Lancashire. [Edward, employed as a bricksetter's labourer, was lodging with Sarah Coupe (née McIntyre), a widow. In 1911, Edward's wife, Martha Alice, was living at 11, Mount Pleasant, Skipton.]

British Army WWI Medal Rolls Index Cards: Pioneer Edward Whitham, 123251, [9th Labour Bn] Royal Engineers & Private 473845, Labour Corps. Theatre of War first served in: (1) [France]. Date of entry therein: 2 October 1915.

Army Registers of Soldiers' Effects: Cpl Edward Whitham, 473845, 63rd Chinese Labour Corps. Date and Place of Death: 16.3.19. 20th Gen. Hos. Camiers, France. To whom Authorised/Amount Authorised: Legatee - Sarah Coupe. £22 14s. 10d.

UK, WW1 Pension Ledgers and Index Cards, 1914-1923: card(s) exist for Herbert. Names on card(s): Widow - Martha Alice Whitham, The Workhouse, Skipton, Yorks.; Mrs. S. Coupe, 58, Belgrave Street, Witton, Blackburn.

A wreath laid at the temporary shrine at the top of Skipton High Street read: In loving memory of Corporal Edward Whitham, Royal Engineers, attached to 63rd Chinese Labour Corps, from a sorrowing mother, sisters and bothers. ('Craven Herald' 8 August 1919).

Edward is commemorated in the 'Blackburn Roll of Honour 1914-1918'.

Data Source: Craven Herald Article


Entry in West Yorkshire Pioneer Illustrated War Record: ---


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Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Labour Corps

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Labour Corps

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Surname: WHITHAM

Forename(s): E

Country of Service: United Kingdom

Service Number: 123251

Rank: Pioneer

Regiment: Royal Engineers

Unit: 13th Army Troops Coy. transf. to (Cpl. 473845) 63rd Coy. Chinese Labour Corps



Died Date: 16/03/1919

Additional Information: Husband of Mrs. Whitham, of 58, Belgrave St., Witton, Blackburn. (CWGC Headstone Personal Inscription: ASLEEP WITH THE BRAVE)


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