Hubert Pike WHITTAKER

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WHITTAKER, Hubert Pike

Service Number: 297
Enlisted: 1 March 1916
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 8th Machine Gun Company
Born: Port Broughton, South Australia , 6 June 1894
Home Town: Port Broughton, Barunga West, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Farmer
Died: Died of wounds, Belgium, 28 September 1917, aged 23 years
Cemetery: Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Cleve WW1 Honor Roll, Cleve War Memorial, Port Broughton War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

1 Mar 1916: Enlisted
4 May 1916: Involvement Private, SN 297, 8th Machine Gun Company, Third Ypres
4 May 1916: Embarked Private, SN 297, 8th Machine Gun Company, HMAT Port Lincoln, Melbourne

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Biography contributed by tony griffin

Hubert Pike and Robert Dowling Whittaker were the sons of William Richard and Susan (nee Cotte) Whittaker of Garfield Farm, Port Broughton. 

 

Hubert was born at Port Broughton on 6 June 1894. A farmer, he was 21 years old when he enlisted at Kadina on 1 March 1916.

Appointed to 3rd Reinforcements 8 Machine Gun Company he entrained for Melbourne on 29 April and embarked  aboard embarked HMAT A “Port Lincoln” on 4 May 1916. After training in England he proceeded overseas to France on 22 December and was taken on strength of 8 Machine Gun Company at Camiers, France on 4 January 1917. Hubert was wounded on 26 September with a shrapnel wound penetrating his chest. He was admitted to 2 Canadian Casualty Clearing Station where he died at 4.30 am on 28 September 1917. Hubert was buried on the same day at Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery.

“He was killed by a shrapnel bullet which passed through his body. This happened in the supports in front of Polygon Wood.”  287 Gunner H. C. Hopwood  8th Machine Gun Coy

“Whittaker was in my company and was wounded by the direct hit of a shell on his gun.”  4869 Pte G. C. Rundell

 

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