William Henry Whitaker served in the 9th Battalion. Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment) he was the son of the late Joseph Whitaker, of Bradford and husband of Alice, they had married in April 1909 and lived at 52, Chapel Lane, Queensbury, they had 3 children, Harold, Phyllis and James.
He attested on 26th February 1916 but wasn’t mobilized until 5th June 1918, this delay was probably due to his employment which shows that he held the position of foreman. Having joined the 3rd Battalion. Duke of Wellington’s (attached 7th Worcester Regiment for training). William disembarked in France on 14th October 1918 and was posted to the 9th Battalion on the 16th October 1918.
William died on the 24th November 1918 at 56 General Hospital Etaples (France), the cause of death is shown as cerebral thrombosis. Admitted on the 23rd his medical notes show that he had been ill for several days, by that time he was semi-conscious with all left ocular muscles completely paralyzed, William underwent an operation, however his condition worsened with him eventually going into coma before passing away.
After his death the following articles of private property were returned to his wife: wallet, cap badge, 2 (shoulder) titles, fountain pen, pencil, silver watch & chain, knife, metal mirror, religious book, disc (ID).
William who was aged 35 is buried at ETAPLES MILITARY CEMETERY. (LI. A. 12.) his grave inscription reads: “Abide with me”. He is also commemorated on the family grave in Queensbury cemetery.