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  • Commonwealth War Graves Commission headstone marking his grave at Warlincourt Halte British Cemetery, Saulty, Pas de Calais, France. Courtesy of Murray Biddle
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Ilkeston Derbyshire
Joseph Whitchurch was born in 1889 in Ilkeston and was the son of John Thomas a licensed victualler and Charlotte Whitchurch née Straw of 120 Union Road, Nottingham. His father John Thomas was born in 1863 in Nottingham and his mother Charlotte Straw was born in 1865 in Ilkeston, they were married in 1884 in Nottingham and went on to have 4 children all of whom were born in Ilkeston, they were :- Herbert b1886, Charlotte b1888, Joseph b1889 and Fanny born 1891. In the 1911 census the family are living at 120 Union Road, Nottingham and are shown as John Thomas Whitchurch 47 yrs a publican, he is living with his wife Charlotte 44 yrs and their daughter Fanny 19 yrs a pattern girl. In the 1911 census Joseph has left the family home, he is living at 23 Colville Terrace, Colville Street, Nottingham, he is shown as being 21 yrs single and gas meter fixer for the Nottingham Corporation, he is boarding with Annie Ellen Warren 33 yrs single and her sisters Lois Ethel 21 yrs single and Dorothy 18 yrs single all are cutter outers at a pinafore manufacturer and brother James Leonard 14 yrs. He married his wife Lois Ethel Warren in 1911 in Nottingham and went on to have 2 sons Ernest born 1912 and John born 1914, both born in Nottingham the family lived at 23 Colville Terrace Colville Street Nottingham.
He was a gas meter fixer.
05 Feb 1917
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91887 - CWGC Website
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Corporal
1/7th Bn Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regiment)
Corporal Joseph Whitchurch, enlisted at Nottingham on 6th April 1912 , he gave his age as 23 yrs and 7 months , his address was 23 Colville Terrace, Colville Street, Nottingham, he was a gas fitter. He served with the 1/7th Battalion Nottinghamshire & Derbyshire Regiment (Robin Hood Rifles). He embarked from Southampton on 28th June 1915 arriving in Rouen the following day. On 27th Auugust 1916 he was admitted to 43rd Casualty clearing station with abscess to his groin and on 8th September was returned to England for treatment. He returned to the Western Front on 26th December 1916 from Folkstone arriving the same day at Calais. He was again admitted to the 43rd casualty clearing station on 1st February 1917 after being wounded in action on 31st January 1917, he had a gun shot wound to his thigh, he died of these wounds on 5th February 1917. He is buried in Warlincourt Halte British Cemetery, Saulty.
Death notice published 10th February 1917 in the Nottingham Evening Post :- “WHITCHURCH. – Died of wounds, February 5th, Corporal J. Whitchurch, the dearly loved husband of Lois Whitchurch, 23, Colville-terrace.” Above is courtesy of Jim Grundy and his facebook pages Small Town Great War Hucknall 1914-1918
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  • Commonwealth War Graves Commission headstone marking his grave at Warlincourt Halte British Cemetery, Saulty, Pas de Calais, France. Courtesy of Murray Biddle
    Joseph Whitchurch - Commonwealth War Graves Commission headstone marking his grave at Warlincourt Halte British Cemetery, Saulty, Pas de Calais, France. Courtesy of Murray Biddle