Albert Whitwam (c.1895-1916)

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Albert Whitwam

Huddersfield's Roll of Honour: 1914-1922

The following extract is from Huddersfield's Roll of Honour: 1914-1922 (2014) by J. Margaret Stansfield:

WHITWAM, ALBERT. Private. No 22163. 2nd Battalion King's Own Scottish Borderers. Born Golcar. Son of Elizabeth A. Whitehead and the late Tom Whitwam, 2 Kiln Brow, Golcar. Educated Crow Lane Board School, Milnsbridge. Employed by Messrs B. and J. Whitwam and Sons Limited, Golcar. Attended the Golcar Providence United Methodist Church. Was a member of the Young Men's Reading Room and the bible class. Enlisted 5.11.1915. Trained in Scotland. Embarked for France on 10.8.1916. Killed in action on 3.9.1916 in attack on Falfemont Farm during the Battle of the Somme, aged 21.
"Assembled on slopes of the Leuze Wood spur, some 400 yards from objective. Attack commenced 8.50am. Official History of the Great War recording the task as 'impossible'. Battalion swept by rifle and machine gun fire in front and flank. Casualties – almost 300."
Buried DELVILLE WOOD CEMETERY. Grave location:- Plot 27, Row B, Grave 10.
ROH:- St. John's Church, Golcar; Crow Lane Board School, Milnsbridge.

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