Herbert Whitwam (c.1895-1915)

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Herbert 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, HERBERT. Lance Corporal. No 14625. 2nd Battalion Duke of Wellington's Regiment. Born Meltham, Huddersfield. Eldest son of Mr and Mrs Arthur Whitwam, 3 Laneside, Linthwaite. Was a member of the Linthwaite Church Young Men's Bible Class. Employed as a piecer by Messrs Stead and Mallinson, Bootham Hall Mills, Milnsbridge. Enlisted at Halifax on 15.11.1914. Embarked for France in April, 1915. Took part in the fighting on Hill 60 in May, 1915. Died of wounds at No 3 Casualty Clearing Station on 13.6.1915, aged 19 years. Buried BAILLEUL COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION. Grave location:- Plot 1, Row E, Grave 118.
His parents received a letter from the Rev. F R G Fletcher, Church of England Chaplain, who wrote,
It is my painful duty to send you very bad news of your son, Lance Corporal Whitwam, No 14625, 2nd Battalion Duke of Wellington's Regiment. He received very severe wounds in both legs while in action last week and was brought into this hospital in a dying condition. Both his legs were practically shattered and soon gangrene set in. Everything possible was at once done for him by both Doctors and Nurses but in spite of all efforts he passed away on June 13th. This I know will be a very sad blow to you and I pray that God may comfort you. Your son died a noble death – he was bravely doing his duty and like our Master he gave his life for the sake of others. So great was the shock to his system he was practically unconscious and passed away very quietly. He was buried in Bailleul Military Cemetery in grave No 1298 on Monday June 14th. A cross is erected at the head of the grave bearing his name, number, Regiment, date of death and an intimation of the fact that he died of wounds received in action. In the course of the burial service I recited these words which may bring a message of comfort to you, 'Greater love hath no man than this that a man lay down his life for his friends.
ROH:- Linthwaite War Memorial.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission