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John Coulthurst WHITTAKER

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Surname: WHITTAKER

Forename(s): John Coulthurst

Place of Birth: West Bradford, Yorkshire

Service No: G/64341

Rank: Private

Regiment / Corps / Service: Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment)

Battalion / Unit: 32nd (Service) Battalion. (East Ham)

Division: 41st Division

Age: 29

Date of Death: 1918-02-07

Awards: ---

CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: I. A. 15.

CWGC Cemetery: STAGLIENO CEMETERY, GENOA

CWGC Memorial: ---

Non-CWGC Burial: ---

Local War Memorial: WADDINGTON, YORKSHIRE

Local War Memorial: WEST BRADFORD, YORKSHIRE

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John Coulthurst Whittaker was the son of William Thomas and Esmeralda Whittaker, née Sheord. William was born at Grindleton, Yorkshire and Esmeralda at Padiham, Lancashire.

1891 West Bradford, Yorkshire Census: Millstone Inn - John Coulthurst Whittaker, aged 2 years, born West Bradford, son of Wm. Thos. and Esmeralda Whittaker.

1901 West Bradford, Yorkshire Census: 1, Lynnwood - John Whittaker, aged 12 years, born West Bradford, son of William Thomas and Esmeralda Whittaker.

1911 West Bradford, Yorkshire Census: Lynnwood - John Whittaker, aged 22 years, born West Bradford, son of William and Esmeralda Whittaker.

British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: Pte John C. Whittaker, 242357, I.B.D. [Infantry Brigade Depot] & GS/64341, Royal Fusiliers.

British Army WW1 Medal and Award Rolls: Pte John Coulthurst Whittaker, 242357, 38/I.B.D. [Étaples, France] 23.9.17 to 30.9.17. G/64341, 32/R. Fus. 1.10.17 to 11.11.17. Theatres of war in which served: 1(a) [France] & 1(b) [Italy] 12.11.17 to 16.12.17. D. 7.2.18.

Army Registers of Soldiers' Effects: Pte John Coulthurst Whittaker, G/64341, 32nd Btn R. Fus. Date and Place of Death: 7.2.18. Italy. Spinal cord. To whom Authorised: Father: William T. Amount Authorised: £14.

John is commemorated on St Michael and St John the Evangelist R.C. Church War Memorial, Clitheroe.

Photograph: ‘Clitheroe Advertiser’ (15 February 1918).

Data Source: Local War Memorial

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Private John Coulthurst WHITTAKER

Private John Coulthurst WHITTAKER

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment)

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment)

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 41st Division

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 41st Division

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Surname: WHITTAKER

Forename(s): John Coulthurst

Country of Service: United Kingdom

Service Number: G/64341

Rank: Private

Regiment: Royal Fusiliers

Unit: 32nd Bn.

Age: 29

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Died Date: 07/02/1918

Additional Information: Son of Mrs. Esmeralda Whittaker, of Glen Mere, West Bradford, Clitheroe. (CWGC Headstone Personal Inscription: ETERNAL REST GIVE TO HIM O LORD R.I.P.)

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‘Clitheroe Advertiser’ (15 February 1918)

(Kindly supplied by Shirley Penman of Clitheroe and Dorothy Falshaw of Gisburn)

PTE. JOHN. C. WHITTAKER, WEST BRADFORD

DIED IN HOSPITAL AT GENOA

West Bradford mourns the loss of another of her soldier heroes – Private John Coulthurst Whittaker, whose demise was announced last Friday. Private Whittaker, who was the youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. Whittaker, Glen Mere, and, before joining the Army on February 6th, 1917, was employed as a warp dresser at Messrs. Holgate’s West Bradford mill. He trained with the East Surrey Regt., but was subsequently attached to the Royal Fusiliers, and was transferred from the Western front to Italy. The march evidently overtaxed his strength, for he was taken ill and left at a hospital in Genoa. It was only last Thursday that his parents received a letter from one of the nurses stating that he has undergone two operations and was better, and it was hoped to send him to England. On Friday morning came a telegram stating that Private Whittaker was dangerously ill, and this was followed, in the evening, by a second message conveying the sad tidings of his death the previous night (February 7th). He was 29 years of age, and single.

Mr. and Mrs. Whittaker, who have the sympathy of all their friends and neighbours, have two other sons in the Army – Richard, who is in France, and William, who was formerly instructor in cotton weaving at the Clitheroe Technical School.

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

1933

WHITTAKER William Thomas of Glenmere West Bradford died 11 January 1933 Probate London 13 May to Esmeralda Whittaker widow and Jane Coulthurst Whittaker spinster. Effects £144 12s. 3d.

1944

WHITTAKER Esmeralda of 18 Chester-avenue Clitheroe Lancashire widow died 3 August 1944 Probate Llandudno 4 November to Jane Coulthurst Whittaker spinster. Effects £346 8s. 7d.

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William Thomas and Esmeralda Whittaker, the parents of John Coulthurst Whittaker

William Thomas and Esmeralda Whittaker, the parents of John Coulthurst Whittaker

Courtesy of the Whittaker family

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