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Forename(s): William

Place of Birth: Addingham, Yorkshire

Service No: 20547

Rank: Private

Regiment / Corps / Service: East Lancashire Regiment

Battalion / Unit: 6th (Service) Battalion

Division: 13th (Western) Division

Age: ---

Date of Death: 1917-02-05

Awards: ---

CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: Panel 19.

CWGC Cemetery: ---


Non-CWGC Burial: ---


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William Whitaker (born 7 November 1880) was the son of David and Hannah Whitaker, née Cottam and brother of Private James Whitaker (18423) (q.v.). Their father was born at Addingham, Yorkshire and mother at Belmont, Lancashire. William and James were cousins’ of Pte Percy Hustwick (1155) (q.v.). Their sister, Edith, was married to Sapper Patrick McShee (83839) (q.v.).

1881 Addingham, Yorkshire Census: Bolton Road - William Whitaker, aged 4 months, born Addingham. [William's parents and their family were living with his mother's parents, James and Jane Cottom.]

1891 Addingham, Yorkshire Census: Chapel Lane - William Whitaker, aged 10 years, born Addingham, son of David and Hannah Whitaker.

1901 Addingham, Yorkshire Census: 7, Bolton Road - William Whitaker, aged 20 years, born Addingham, son of David and Hannah Whitaker.

William was married to Alice Conner in 1905. Alice married Walter Smith in 1920.

1911 Bolton, Lancashire Census: 27, Mirey Lane, Chew Moor, Lostock - William Whitaker, aged 30 years, born Addingham, Yorkshire, husband of Alice Whitaker.

British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: Pte William Whittaker [sic], 20547, E. Lan. R.

British Army WW1 Medal and Award Rolls: Pte William Whittaker [sic], 20547, 3rd East Lancs.; 6th East Lancs.

Army Registers of Soldiers' Effects: Pte William Whittaker [sic], 20547, 6th Bn E. Lancs. Date and Place of Death: 6.2.17. To whom Authorised/Amount Authorised: Widow sole legatee - Alice. £11 1s. 2d.

UK, WW1 Pension Ledgers and Index Cards, 1914-1923: card(s) exist for William.

William is commemorated by Bolton Remembers: an online reference documenting Bolton's war dead ( Memorials: Bolton (Victoria Square) War Memorial and Bolton County Borough Roll of Honour 1914-1918 Book (Hall of Remembrance); Bolton Roll of Honour 1914-1918 Printed Book (Library / History Centre); Ss. Thomas and St. John's (Lostock) C.E. Church WWI Memorial - Bolton.

Data Source: Local War Memorial


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


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Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: East Lancashire Regiment

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: East Lancashire Regiment

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 13th (Western) Division

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 13th (Western) Division

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Forename(s): William

Born: Addingham, Yorks

Residence: Lostock, Lancs

Enlisted: Rochdale, Lancs

Number: 20547

Rank: Private

Regiment: East Lancashire Regiment

Battalion: 6th Battalion


Died Date: 05/02/17

Died How: Killed in action

Theatre of War: Mesopotamia


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Forename(s): William

Country of Service: United Kingdom

Service Number: 20547

Rank: Private

Regiment: East Lancashire Regiment

Unit: 6th Bn.



Died Date: 05/02/1917

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6th (Service) Bn. East Lancashire Regiment

The whole brigade was relieved in the Hai salient on February 3rd and crossed the river [Shatt-al-Hai] to the western bank where the East Lancashire was in the piquet line. The task was now to drive the Turks north-westward towards the Dahra Bend, and on the evening of the 4th the battalion, which had the South Lancashire on its left, sent forward its bombing parties up the trenches. On this and on the succeeding night there was a struggle, but the Turks were steadily driven back so that a line 50 yards ahead of the objective was eventually reached. This success was rather dearly bought, for Major G.R. Treadwell, in temporary command, and 2nd Lieutenants Thompson and O’Meara were killed, Captain Macallan, R.A.M.C., mortally wounded and Captain H.E. Wood, who assumed command until Colonel Davy returned from the field ambulance, slightly wounded. Other casualties amounted to 3 killed and 16 wounded, most of them being trained bombers.

[William Whitaker was killed in action on the 5th February.]



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Mr. Flint has received the following letters in acknowledgment of parcels sent out:–

Harry Town, of the Cameron Highlanders, writes:– “Parcel just to my liking. I also read letters in the local paper from William Whitaker and T. Ashton. William seems to be having quite a good time with the submarine work when he says tally ho round Bark Hill isn’t in it. I haven’t seen Ashton since he left the base, but by what I can gather their battalion has been out resting. If it was a rest like we had, it will be some rest indeed. What we have been doing is making a railway embankment, that is our rest, worse off than in the trenches except for a few ‘whiz bangs’ and old iron flying about, and I expect there will be more this spring. As the old saying goes, ‘If a woman sits on a wasp it’s a sign of an early spring’.”

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