Willie Dyson Whiteley (c.1895-1918)
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:
- WHITELEY, WILLIE DYSON. Private. No 267800. 1/7th Battalion West Yorkshire Regiment. Formerly No 5541 Duke of Wellington's Regiment. Born Cartworth, Holmfirth. Son of Albert and Lydia Ann Whiteley, Old Road, Hinchliffe Mill. Educated Dobb National School. Later he was a student at Dobb Evening School and the Holmfirth Technical College. Attended the Hinchliffe Mill Wesleyan Sunday School. Was an active member of the Cartworth Moor Cricket Club. Employed as a weaver at Digley Mills. Enlisted March 1916. Captured by the Germans on 25.4.1918. Died on 19.10.1918, aged 23. Buried COLOGNE SOUTHERN CEMETERY, GERMANY. Grave location:- Plot 15, Row A, Grave 9.
- His parents received a letter from a Captain Rosier, who wrote, 'No doubt you will wonder who I am and for what reason I am taking the liberty of writing to you. First of all I can state that I am English interpreter in the same party as your son Willie. I had not the pleasure of knowing your son long, only about two months and during that short time I always found him a good colleague. Unfortunately the time came when him above called one of his children home. Your dear son was only ill a matter of four days and everything possible was done for him but he passed away on 19th October in Gelsenkirchen Hospital from lung trouble.'
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
- Rifleman WHITELEY
- regiment: West Yorkshire Regiment
- died: Saturday, October 19, 1918
- age: 23 years
- record ID: 330912
- Commonwealth War Graves Commission (ID #330912)
- Imperial War Museums: Lives of the First World War (ID #4730469)