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James Russell WHITTAKER

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Forename(s): James Russell

Place of Birth: Ilkley, Yorkshire

Service No: ---

Rank: T/2nd Lieutenant

Regiment / Corps / Service: King’s Own (Yorkshire Light Infantry)

Battalion / Unit: 6th (Service) Battalion

Division: 14th (Light) Division

Age: 24

Date of Death: 1916-08-29

Awards: ---

CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: I. D. 7.


CWGC Memorial: ---

Non-CWGC Burial: ---

Local War Memorial: ILKLEY, YORKSHIRE

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James Russell Whittaker was the son of John William Abraham Longbotton and Catherine Jane Whittaker, née Russell. John was born at Manchester, Lancashire and Jane at Workington, Cumberland.

1891 Ilkley, Yorkshire Census: Bolton Bridge Road - James R. Whittaker, aged 1 year, born Ilkley, son of John Wm and Catherine J. Whittaker.

1901 Ilkley, Yorkshire Census: 5, Westville Avenue - James Russell Whittaker, aged 11 years, born Ilkley, son of John Wm. Whittaker, widower.

British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: A/Sgt Jas Russell Whittaker, 12289, 6/ K. Shrops. L.I.; T2/Lieut Yorks. L.I. Theatre of War first served in: (1) France. Date of entry therein: 24.7.15. Comm. 19.3.16. Decd. 29.8.16.

British Army WW1 Medal and Award Rolls: Sjt James Russell Whittaker, 12289, 6/Shrops. L.I. Discharged to Comm. 19.3.16 in 6th Yorks. L.I.

Army Registers of Soldiers' Effects: 2 Lieut J.R. Whittaker, 6 K.O.Y.L.I. Date and Place of Death: 29.8.16. K.I.A. To whom issued/Amount: Executrixes - Miss Katharine [sic] Kirkham Whittaker and Mrs Jennie Howell Nelson. (Jointly). £55 7s. 2d. Executrixes - Mrs Katherine Kirkham Parkhurst-Baxter and Mrs Jennie Howell Nelson. (Jointly). £11 10s. 0d.

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


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Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: King’s Own (Yorkshire Light Infantry)

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: King’s Own (Yorkshire Light Infantry)

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 14th (Light) Division

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 14th (Light) Division

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Forename(s): James Russell





Rank: T/2/Lt

Regiment: King's Own (Yorkshire Light Infantry)

Battalion: 6th Battalion


Died Date: 29/08/16

Died How: Killed in action

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Forename(s): J R

Country of Service: United Kingdom

Service Number:

Rank: Second Lieutenant

Regiment: King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry

Unit: 6th Bn.



Died Date: 29/08/1916

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England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1966


WHITTAKER Catherine Jane of 6 Bolton-bridge-road Ilkley Yorkshire (wife of John William Abraham Longbottom Whittaker died 10 June 1895 probate Wakefield 25 November to the said John William Abraham Longbottom Whittaker political agent and Emily Jane Whittaker spinster. Effects £983 17s.11d.


WHITTAKER John William Abraham Longbottom of Park Issa Oswestry Shropshire died 7 December 1903 Probate London 12 February to Emily Jane Whitfield (wife of William Whitfield) and the said William Whitfield auctioneer. Effects £450 10s.2d.


WHITTAKER James Russell of Park Issa Oswestry Shropshire second lieutenant 6th (service) battalion King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry died 29 August 1916 in France Probate London 18 December to Katharine Kirkham Whittaker spinster and Jennie Howell Nelson (wife of Ronald Douglas Nelson). Effects £1770 3s. 8d. Resworn £1825 10s. 10d.

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08 September 1916


Second Lieut. J. E. Whittaker, King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, the only son of the late Mr. J. W. Whittaker, and of Mrs. Whittaker, of Ilkley, is reported to have been killed in action. Aged 24 years, he enlisted as a private in the Shropshire Light Infantry at the commencement of the war, and after considerable active service he received a commission three months ago. He was formerly in business as an auctioneer at Oswestry.


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