Private 37896 John Whitehouse

Killed in Action on Wednesday, 26th September 1917, age 22.
Commemorated on Panel 90 to 92 and 162 to 162A of Tyne Cot Memorial, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.

2nd/5th Bn., South Staffordshire Regiment. 176th Brigade of 59th Division.

Born: Tipton, Enlisted: Wolverhampton, Resident: Tipton.

First landed France & Flanders, post 31st December 1915.
Medal entitlement: British War Medal, Victory Medal.
Soldier's Papers at National Archives did not survive.

Commemorated on the Tipton Library Memorial.
Commemorated here because he appears on a Tipton memorial.

Link to Commonwealth War Graves Site: www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/876894/

Genealogical Data

Birth of John Whitehouse registered December quarter 1894 in Dudley.

1901 Census
48 Waterloo Street, Tipton, Staffs.
George Whitehouse (26, Iron Caster, born Tipton), his wife Phoebe (26, born Tipton), and their 3 children: John (6, born Tipton), George (5, born Tipton), and Harold (1, born Tipton).
Also boarding with them were George's 2 brothers: Daniel Whitehouse (21, Blacksmith's Striker, born Tipton), and Samuel Whitehouse (19, Iron Moulder, born Tipton).

1911 Census
44 Waterloo Street, Tipton, Staffs.
George Whitehouse (36, Sash Weight Caster (at Grate Manufacturer), born Tipton), his wife Elizabeth (36, born Tipton), and their 4 children: John (16, Iron Moulder, born Tipton), George (15, Iron Moulder, born Tipton), Harold (11, born Tipton) and Walter (5, born Tipton). Also boarding with them was George's brother: Daniel Whitehouse (33, Sash Weight Caster, born Tipton).

Personal Data

John's father, George, received his outstanding army pay and allowances of £2/12/8d (2 pounds, 12 shillings and 8 pence) in January 1918. John's War Gratuity of £3/0/0d was paid in November 1919, also to his father. The War Gratuity amount suggests that Joseph had enlisted within the previous 12 months.

Action resulting in his death

In mid-September 1917, during the Third Battle of Ypres, the 2/5th South Staffs started their move toward the front. On 19th September they moved to Red Rose Camp at Brandhoek, and on 21st September a further move took them to Goldfish Chateau just west of Ypres. On 25th September the Battalion moved about 4 miles north east of Ypres and dug in on a captured line running north east from Primrose Cottage, near Zonnebeke.

The following day, 26th September, the line was subjected to a very heavy enemy barrage and at 6.00pm the enemy counter-attacked. By 7.00pm the attack had been broken with the loss of 1 officer and 20 other ranks which included John Whitehouse. John has no known grave and is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial.

Newspaper Cuttings

Birmingham Daily Post 12th November 1917
The following casualties amongst warrant officers, non-commissioned officers, and men are reported under various dates:
SOUTH STAFFORDSHIRE REGIMENT, Whitehouse, 37896, J., (Tipton).