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George Whittaker

Birth

George Whittaker was born in October 1888, the second of two children born to John and Mary Whittaker. He was baptised at Tabley Chapel on October 28, 1888.

Early Life

In 1891, he was living with his parents and elder brother James (born in 1886) at Plumley Road, in Tabley, Knutsford. His father John was employed as a Carpenter. By the time of the 1901 Census, the family was still living in Tabley, but had moved to live in Parkside. They were still living there in 1911, by which time George had already begun his teaching career. His father was employed as an Estate Joiner and his brother, James, was working as a Domestic Chauffeur.

Chester College

George attended Chester College and left in 1910.

Military Service

George’s service papers have not survived, but his low four-digit regimental number and the fact that he landed at Gallipoli on May 5, 1915, means that he must have enlisted early in the war, probably in the autumn of 1914. He served with the 1st/6th Battalion, Manchester Regiment, which had been formed in August 1914 in Hulme.

Lest We Forget

George was confirmed as having been killed in action on June 5, 1915. George is remembered with honour at the Helles Memorial, in Turkey.

Post Mortem

His father, as his next of kin, would have been sent his medals, which included the 1914-1915 Star, British War and Victory Medals, and also received his back pay of £3 16s 5d and later his war gratuity of £3 0s 0d.