Walter Scaife WHITWELL

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WHITWELL, Walter Scaife

Service Number: 3753
Enlisted: 28 July 1915, Adelaide, South Australia
Last Rank: Corporal
Last Unit: 52nd Infantry Battalion
Born: Kendal, England, 10 May 1892
Home Town: Not yet discovered
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Painter
Died: Died of wounds, France, 4 September 1916, aged 24 years
Cemetery: Contay British Cemetery, Contay
Grave I.A. 23 INSCRIPTION TILL THE MORNING DAWNS AND THE SHADOWS FLEE AWAY
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

28 Jul 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Adelaide, South Australia
2 Dec 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 3753, 12th Infantry Battalion, Pozières
2 Dec 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 3753, 12th Infantry Battalion, RMS Malwa, Adelaide
4 Sep 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Corporal, SN 3753, 52nd Infantry Battalion, Pozières

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Biography

"THE LATE CORPORAL W. S. WHITWELL.

Corporal Walter Scarfe Whitwell, whose death from wounds was notified in the latest casualty list, was a native of Kendal, Westmorland. He was a painter, and came to Australia about four years ago at the invitation of his uncle, Mr. James Martindale, of the firm of Martindale and Flehr, decorators, Thebarton, and was in their employ for about three years. He was much liked by both his employers and his fellow-workmen. He enlisted about a year ago. Taking great interest in his drill, he was soon made a corporal. He had a bright and merry deposition, and was an ideal soldier. Three of his brothers are fighting for the Empire, two in the navy and one in the British Expeditionary Force." - from the Adelaide Advertiser 06 Oct 1916 (nla.gov.au)

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Biography contributed by Geoffrey Gillon

He was 23 and the son of Isaac and Hannah Elizabeth Whitwell, of 1, Garden Rd., Lound, Kendal, England.

He is one of two Australian casualties of the Great War commemorated on the Kendal War Memorial.