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WHITMORE, Frederick John


Name: Cookham School Lane, Cookham
NIWM Ref: 7925
RBWM Ref: WM151

Person Details

Place of birth: Baldock, Herts
Gender: Male
Date of death: 04/05/1917
Place of death: Cape Vado, Italy
Manner of death: Died at sea
Age at death: 32
CWGC Ref: 641311
TWGPP Ref: 2107680
Address: Wistaria Cottage Sutton Road Cookham
Address: Banbury Road Brackley Northants
Address: Glenmore Cookham

Military details

Military Organisation: Army
Rank: Private
Service Number: M2/103008


Wife Florence WHITMORE (nee HATCH)

Additional information

Frederick enlisted in June 1915. The Cookham Researchers book, 'We Will Remember Them: The Sons of Cookham who died in the First World War' details some oddities about his name on enlisting, as he had to sign papers to verify his identity. He was described as intelligent, and a good worker. The book includes a picture of him by an army truck. He drowned while on the way to Egypt on the SS Transylvania. The ship was "hired transport" proceeding to Salonika with reinforcements when she was torpedoed and sunk off Cape Vado, south of Savona, Italy, with the loss of 400 lives. Fred was buried at Savona Town Cemetery, near Genoa in Italy. Savona Cemetery has 83 burials from the sinking and there is a memorial to the 275 casualties with no known grave. Grave reference Plot E 19.
Fred Whitmore was born in about 1883 in Baldock, Hertfordshire. We have no information about his early life but by 1911 he was working as a coachman in Brackley, Northamptonshire. James Hatch, a family descendant reported that Frederick was a coachman/groom to Mrs Kate Bird, of Glenore, Berries Road in Cookham. He married, possibly on his embarkation leave, James Hatch's Aunt Florence, nee Hatch, of Oveys Farm, Cookham. At some point, perhaps immediately, the married home became Wisteria Cottage in the High Street, the address for Florence noted by the Comonwealth War Graves Commission. He had been married for only 3 weeks before he died. Florence never married again and lived with James Hatch's grandmother in Gordon Road, Maidenhead.

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