Alfred WhitwhamRoyal Horse Artillery and Royal Field Artillery
Alfred Martin Whitwham, born in Bingley in 1893, is listed in the 1911 Census as living in Manchester and working as a pawnbroker’s assistant. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission notes that he was the son of Thomas and Jane Whitwham, of Park View House, Beckfoot, Bingley.
Alfred enlisted in Leeds into the Royal Horse Artillery and Royal Field Artillery, and Driver Alfred Whitwham, 775839, died on 23rd July 1918, aged 26.
Alfred is commemorated at Bagneux British Cemetery, Gezaincourt, Somme, France.
Bagneux British Cemetery
At the end of March, the 3rd, 29th and 56th Casualty Clearing Stations moved to Gezaincourt, where they were joined for a short time in April by the 45th. They remained until September. The cemetery was begun in April 1918, after the close of the German offensive in Picardy. The 3rd Canadian Stationary Hospital, in the citadel at Doullens, also buried in this cemetery in May and June 1918, and the 2nd Canadian Division in April and May.
The graves in Plot III, Row A relate to a bombing raid over Doullens on 30 May 1918. There are 1,374 servicemen of the First World War buried or commemorated in the cemetery.
Read more about the cemetery on the Commonwealth War Graves Commission’s website.
Bagneux British Cemetery, Gezaincourt
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