Private PW/1448 William Whale

Killed in Action on Tuesday, 7th December 1915, age unknown.
Buried in Grave II. H. 4. at Guards Cemetery, Windy Corner, Cuinchy, Pas De Calais, France.

18th Bn., Middlesex Regiment. Pioneer Battalion of 33rd Division.

Born: Tipton, Enlisted: Stoke-on-Trent, Resident: Unknown.

First landed France & Flanders, 12th November 1915.
Medal entitlement: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal.
Soldier's Papers at National Archives survived and transcribed.

Not commemorated on any Tipton memorial.
Commemorated here because identified as Tipton on 'Soldiers Died in the Great War'.

Link to Commonwealth War Graves Site: www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/195577/

Genealogical Data

1891 Census
24 Horton Street, West Bromwich, Staffs.
Elijah H. Whale (21, General Labourer, born Tipton), his wife Eliza (20, born West Bromwich), and their only child: William (6 months, born West Bromwich).

1901 Census
18 South Terrace, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffs.
Eliza Whale (29, Head, born Wolverhampton), and her 5 children: William (10, born Wolverhampton), Elijah (9, born Wolverhampton), Phoebe (5, born Wolverhampton), Sarah J. (3, born Wolverhampton), and Henry (9 months, born Stoke).

1911 Census
36 Sideway Road, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffs.
Elijah Whale (42, Blastfurnace Worker, born Tipton), his wife Eliza (40, born Tipton), and their 8 children: William (20, Blastfurnace Labourer, born Tipton), Elijah (17, Colliery Loader, born Tipton), Phoebe (14, born Tipton), Jane (13, born Tipton), Henry (10, born Stoke), Thomas (4, born Stoke), Eliza (3, born Stoke), and Joseph (1, born Stoke).

Personal Data

Still to be transcribed. Contact me if required.

Action resulting in his death

The 18th Battalion Middlesex (1st Public Works Pioneers) were the Pioneer Battalion for the 33rd Division. The Division moved to the Western Front in November 1915, but were not in any significant battle until the Battle of the Somme, so William's death on 7th December 1915 was just part of the relentless daily grind of the Western Front.

Newspaper Cuttings