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John William WHITFIELD

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Surname: WHITFIELD

Forename(s): John William

Place of Birth: Skirethorns, Yorkshire

Service No: 15182

Rank: Private

Regiment / Corps / Service: Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment)

Battalion / Unit: 'W' Coy 8th (Service) Battalion

Division: 11th (Northern) Division

Age: 25

Date of Death: 1917-10-09

Awards: ---

CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: Panel 82 to 85.

CWGC Cemetery: ---

CWGC Memorial: TYNE COT MEMORIAL

Non-CWGC Burial: ---

Local War Memorial: CRACOE, YORKSHIRE

Local War Memorial: HEBDEN, YORKSHIRE

Local War Memorial: LINTON-IN-CRAVEN, YORKSHIRE

Local War Memorial: RYLSTONE, YORKSHIRE

Additional Information:

John William Whitfield was the son of Thomas William and Sarah Ann Whitfield, née Hogg. Thomas William was born at West Scrafton and Sarah Ann at Caldbergh, Yorkshire.

1901 Linton, Yorkshire Census: John William Whitfield, aged 10 years, born Skirethorns, Yorkshire, son of Thomas and Sarah Ann Whitfield.

1911 Linton, Yorkshire Census: John W. Whitfield, aged 20 years, born Linton, son of Thomas and Sarah A. Whitfield.

When John first went to France he was serving with the 10th (Sevice) Bn Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment). He was transferred to the Royal Engineers for a period of time and then sent back to his old regiment, joining the 8th (Service) Battalion.

British Army WWI Medal Rolls Index Cards: Pte John W. Whitham, 15182, West Riding Regiment & 190473, Royal Engineers. Theatre of War first served in: (1) France. Date of entry therein: 26 August 1915.

British Army WW1 Medal and Award Rolls: Pte John William Whitfield, 15182, 10 W. Rid. R.; 190473, 278 Railway Co. Royal Eng.; 15182, 8 W. Rid. R. Pres. dead 9.10.17.

A short biography of John is included in: ‘Swaledale & Wharfedale Remembered - Aspects of Dales’ life through peace and war’ by Keith Taylor (2006).

Data Source: Craven’s Part in the Great War - original CPGW book entry

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Entry in West Yorkshire Pioneer Illustrated War Record:

WHITFIELD, Sapper J.W., [Linton-in-Craven], aged 25, West Riding Regiment, son of Mr. and Mrs. T.W. Whitfield, killed in action Oct. 9, 1917.

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Private John William WHITFIELD

Private John William WHITFIELD

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment)

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment)

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 11th (Northern) Division

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 11th (Northern) Division

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Surname: WHITFIELD

Forename(s): John William

Born: Linton, Yorks

Residence: Skipton, Yorks

Enlisted: Keighley

Number: 15182

Rank: Private

Regiment: Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment)

Battalion: 10th Battalion

Decorations:

Died Date: 09/10/17

Died How: Killed in action

Theatre of War: France & Flanders

Notes:

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Surname: WHITFIELD

Forename(s): John William

Country of Service: United Kingdom

Service Number: 15182

Rank: Private

Regiment: Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment)

Unit: 10th Bn.

Age: 25

Awards:

Died Date: 09/10/1917

Additional Information: Son of Thomas and Sara A. Whitfield, of Rock Cottage, Linton-in-Craven, Skipton, Yorks.

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John William Whitfield

John William Whitfield

Courtesy of Gay Evans

John William Whitfield

John William Whitfield

Courtesy of Gay Evans

Memorial Scroll accompanying the next of kin Memorial Plaque for Private John William Whitfield

Memorial Scroll accompanying the next of kin Memorial Plaque for Private John William Whitfield

Courtesy of Gay Evans

St Michael & All Angels Churchyard, Linton-in-Craven

St Michael & All Angels Churchyard, Linton-in-Craven

Family gravestone

St Michael & All Angels Churchyard, Linton-in-Craven

St Michael & All Angels Churchyard, Linton-in-Craven

Family gravestone - detail of memorial inscription

Tyne Cot Memorial

Tyne Cot Memorial

Courtesy of John Gardner, Hebden

Tyne Cot Memorial - detail

Tyne Cot Memorial - detail

Courtesy of John Gardner, Hebden

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23 November 1917

LINTON-IN-CRAVEN – Information Wanted

Mr. and Mrs. T. Whitfield, of Linton, inform us that their son, Private John William Whitfield, Duke of Wellington’s Regiment, was officially reported wounded in France on October 9th last, and that they have heard no further news of him. If any of his comrades see this announcement and can throw any light on the matter, they would be doing a kindly act if they will communicate with the anxious parents.

06 September 1918

Linton Soldier’s Sacrifice

News has been received from the Record Office, York, by Mr. and Mrs. T. W. Whitfield, Linton, that their only son, Sapper I. W. Whitfield, Duke of Wellington’s Regiment, reported wounded and missing on the 9th October, 1917, is now officially stated to have been killed on that date. He voluntarily enlisted, thinking it his duty to fight for his country, in January, 1915. After being trained at different camps in England, he was, in August, 1915, drafted to France. After serving in the trenches for some months he was transferred to the Engineers (as platelayer) where be remained until taken back to his old regiment in September, 1917. He was 25 years of age, and of a genial disposition which made him a great favourite in the village, where he will be much missed. His letters home were always bright and cheerful. Great sympathy is felt for the parents and family. Previous to joining the Army he was employed on the Yorkshire Dales Railway as a platelayer on the Rylstone section.

13 September 1918

WHITFIELD – Reported missing, October 9th, 1917, in France, Private John William Whitfield, of the Duke of Wellington’s Regiment, son of Mr. and Mrs. Whitfield, Linton, aged 25 years, now presumed killed on that date.

11 October 1918

WHITFIELD – In loving memory of our dear son and brother, Sapper John William Whitfield, presumed killed in France October 9th, 1917, aged 25 years.

Oh for the touch of a vanished hand
And the sound of a voice that is still.

From Father, Mother and Sisters, Linton.

WHITFIELD – In ever loving memory of Sapper John William Whitfield, presumed killed in France October 9th, 1917, aged 25 years.

Sweet is his memory, dear to our hearts,
Our love to his memory never shall part;
We know that the years, be they many or few,
Are years of remembrance dearest brother, of you.

From all at Clough Hall, Tosside.

10 October 1919

WHITFIELD – In loving memory of our dear son and brother, Sapper John William Whitfield, who was killed in France October 9th, 1917, aged 25 years.

No pen can write, no tongue can tell
Our sad and bitter loss;
But God alone has given us strength
To bear our heavy loss.

Sadly missed by his loving Father, Mother and Sisters, Linton.

WHITFIELD – in loving memory of our dear brother, Sapper John William Whitfield, killed in France October 9th, 1917, aged 25 years.

Though land and sea divide the place
Where he is calmly sleeping,
Yet in our heart, he is not forgot,
He is in the Saviour’s keeping.

From Vina and Kit, Clough Hall, Tosside.

WHITFIELD – In loving memory of my dear brother, Sapper J. W. Whitfield, who was presumed killed in action at Passchendaele, October 9th, 1917.

He died! The noblest death a man may die,
Fighting for God, and right and liberty,
And such a death is immortality.

From his sister Isabella.

WHITFIELD – In memory of a dear comrade, Private J. W. Whitfield, Duke of Wellington’s Regiment, who fell in action on October 9th, 1917.

You did your duty nobly
Well and glad the price did pay;
And in the years that are to be
Your memory will remain.

Inserted by Sapper P. Hepburn (on Service).

08 October 1920

WHITFIELD – In loving memory of our dear son and brother, John William Whitfield, who was killed in France October 9th, 1917.

The cold hand of cruel death
Upon his young life fell;
No more on earth we will hear the voice
Of him we loved so well.
The sunshine of our happy home
Will ever clouded be;
But Thou, O Lord, has sent this blow,
We will bear it all for Thee.

From Father, Mother, and Sisters, Linton.

WHITFIELD – In loving memory of our dear brother, John William Whitfield, who was killed in France October 9th, 1917.

Peace be your rest, dear brother,
It is sweet to breathe your name;
On earth we loved you dearly,
In death we do the same.

From Vina and Kit, Clough Hall.

WHITFIELD – In proud and loving memory of a dear brother, Sapper J. W. Whitfield, who was killed in action, October 9th, 1917.

Ever remembered by his loving sister Isabella.

WHITFIELD – In loving memory of a dear comrade, Private J. W. Whitfield, Duke of Wellington’s Regiment, who was reported wounded and missing on October 9th, 1917, later reported killed on that date.

The peaceful sleep of Death is his
In battlefields afar;
With his young life he dearly paid
The dreadful toll of war.

Inserted by P. Hepburn, Longstone, Slateford, Midlothian.

14 October 1921

WHITFIELD – In loving memory of our dear son and brother, John William Whitfield, who was killed in France, October 9th, 1917.

Though parted in life, we shall never forget him,
For God was his guide and shield through the gloom;
He gave him, He took him, and He will redeem him
Safe in His care ‘till we meet him above.

From Father, Mother and Sisters, Linton.

WHITFIELD – In loving remembrance of our dear brother, John William Whitfield, who died October 9th, 1917.

Thy word is true, Thy will is just,
To Thee we leave him, Lord, in trust.

From Vina and Kit, Clough Hall.

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23 November 1917

NEWS WANTED OF LINTON SOLDIER

Mr. and Mrs. T. A. Whitfield. of Linton, are anxious to obtain news of their son, Pte John William Whitfield, 15182, Duke of Wellington’s Regiment, ‘W’ Co., No. 3 platoon. He was reported wounded in France on the 9th, and since then his family have heard nothing of him. Perhaps some of his comrades in France may have news of him, or one of the wounded in hospital who see the local papers. If so the family will be grateful if news could be sent to them at Linton, near Skipton.

13 September 1918

WHITFIELD – Reported missing Oct. 9th, 1917, in France, Pte. John William Whitfield, of the Duke of Wellington’s Regiment, son of Mr. and Mr. Whitfield, Linton, aged 25 years, now presumed killed on that date.

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