George Allan Whitham was born in 1881 in Caister, the eldest of seven children of Charles and Anne, nee Johnson.By 1901 George had left home and was living as a boarder at 9 Donnington Street, Clee and working as a joiner carpenter.On the 29th September 1906 at St Luke’s Church, Eccleshill, he married Mary Richardson, 32 years of age, living at 32 Stoney Lane, Eccleshill, the daughter of James Richardson, deceased. George was 25 years of age, a joiner living at 43 Mount Street.
They went to live at 44 Mount Avenue. Four children were born, Elsie in 1907, Louie in 1909, Norah in 1915 and Nellie in 1917.George enlisted on the 24th July 1916 aged 35 years and 113 days. His employment is shown as a joiner and his papers record that he had previously served in the Royal Engineers. He became Private 36725 in the 6th Battalion of the East Yorkshire
Regiment and in 1917 fought in the Operations on the Ancre, at the Battles of Langemarck, Polygon Wood, Brookseinde and Poelcapelle. In 1918 during the battles on the Somme 21st March to the 5th of April George was seriously wounded in the side and in both legs by the bursting of a shell and he died from his wounds on the 6th of April 1918. He was 37 years of age.
He is buried in the Houchin British Cemetery which was opened in March 1918 when the 6th Casualty Clearing Station came to Houchin.George left his effects to his widow Mary who received £13.10.5d on the 22nd June 1918 and a War Gratuity of £7.10.0d on the 12th of November 1919.
Researched and written by Jean Britteon, to whom many thanks