Harold Whitwam (c.1894-1918)

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, HAROLD. Private. No 332779. 9th (Glasgow Highland) Battalion Highland Light Infantry. Born Golcar. Eldest son of Henry and Lavina Whitwam, 1 Waterhouse Farm, Scapegoat Hill, Golcar. Employed as a spinner by Messrs Pearson Brothers, Victoria Mills, Golcar. Attended Scapegoat Hill Baptist Chapel and Sunday School. Was a member of the Thorpe Green Working Men's Club. Enlisted in 1916. Came home on leave in November, 1917, having served in France for 12 months. Killed in action, 26.2.1918, aged 23 years. Buried TYNE COT CEMETERY. Grave location: Special Memorial No 3.
His parents received a letter from a chum of their son, who wrote, 'I write to convey to you the sad news that your son Harold was killed in action during our last tour of the trenches. He met his death when he was going out at about 11.30 on the morning of the 26th February. A shell landed about three yards in front of him, killing him instantenously and wounding two others. Your son was always cheery with a kind word for each. He was a most respected lad in the platoon and a great favourite with us all.'

Commonwealth War Graves Commission