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11/11/11 – Bertie Whitmore

9th November 2011 @ 7:07am – by Donald Bates
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This week, Audlem Online has published a number of stories remembering those that fell and those that survived the Great War and World War II. We are grateful to Donald Bates for sending us the following:-

A Short History on Bertie

Bertie Whitmore was born in Audlem in April 1896. He lived at Lock House, Swanbach. 

On the 1901 census, he lived with John Whitmore, head, carpenter for the canal company; Emma, wife and Archithadella, daughter, 18. Bertie is named as grandson. They had two other daughters, Ellen and Frances who had left home. 

On the 1911 census, Bertie, aged 14, lived at home with John, Emma and Archithedella. On the Audlem website there is a picture of an Audlem school woodwork class 1900’s – Bertie could be on it.

In WW1 Bertie joined the Royal Engineers 2ndSiege Company, Royal Anglesey.  On the Commonwealth War Graves website, Sapper Bertie Whitmore was killed in action on 2nd August 1916, aged 20. 

His body lies in Mailly-Maillet cemetery in France.  His name is commemorated both inside and on a plaque outside Audlem church.

Donald Bates, Little Wenlock, Shropshire (distant cousin)

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