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Forename(s): John William
Place of Birth: Skirethorns, Yorkshire
Service No: 15182
Regiment / Corps / Service: Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment)
Battalion / Unit: 'W' Coy 8th (Service) Battalion
Division: 11th (Northern) Division
Date of Death: 1917-10-09
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
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.
John was killed in action close to Poelcappelle (Poelkapelle) during the Battles of Ypres, 1917, 31 July-10 November, at the Battle of Poelcappelle, 9 October.
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 entryView Entry in CPGW Book
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
Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment)
Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 11th (Northern) Division
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