Arthur Edward Whitwam (c.1889-1917)

An ongoing project to commemorate and research the lives of those who appear on war memorials and rolls of honour in the local area, who served in the military, or whose deaths were linked to conflict.

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, ARTHUR EDWARD. Armourers Crew. No M/16731. Royal Navy. HMS Champagne. Born Golcar. Son of Sam Edwin and Harriet H. Whitwam, 26 The Avenue, Golcar. Employed as a tuner by Messrs Middlemost Brothers, of Birkby. Attended Golcar Baptist Chapel and was a member of the Young Men's Reading Room. Enlisted in the Navy in 1915. On 1.10.1917 HMS Champagne left port and shortly after 6am the following morning was attacked by an enemy submarine and hit by about four torpedoes. A terrific explosion occurred which killed many of the men at the guns including Armourer Whitwam. 56 of the crew were drowned, the total number on board being about 310. The boat sank in ten minutes after being attacked. Has no known grave. Commemorated PLYMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL TO THE MISSING.
ROH:- Golcar Baptist Chapel; St. John's Church, Golcar.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

  • regiment: Royal Navy
  • died: Tuesday, October 9, 1917
  • age: 28 years
  • record ID: 3044500