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Born: 1899, Bradford
Died: 12 May 1917
Buried: NKG
Address: 17 Chapel Walk, Eccleshill
Parents: Thoas & Harriet Ann, nee Harrison
Siblings: Thomas, John, Richard, Charles, Mary Ann, Albert, Gwendoline, Gabriel
Occupation: Smith & Hutton, Eccleshill
Rank: Pte
Rolls of Honour: St Luke’s, Eccleshill; Arras Memorial
Regiment: South Wales Borderers
Ambrose Whyatt
Ambrose Whyatt was born in 1899 in Bradford. His birth and that of his siblings does not appear to have been registered under the name of Whyatt or any other name derivative. Neither do they appear in census records under the name of Whyatt. The website of Forces Records shows that Ambrose was born in Bradford but had resided in Hull. According to the Bradford Weekly Telegraph he had three brothers serving – Thomas, John and Richard Henry. Thomas Whyatt married Harriet Ann Harrison and they appear to be the parents of Ambrose Whyatt and his brothers. They appear on the 1901 census under the surname of
White and had five children. This family again appear under the name of White in the 1911 census and they are still living in Pocklington at 14 Chapman Gate. Three more children are listed. At the time of his enlistment Ambrose was employed by Messrs. Smith and Hutton of Eccleshill and the Bradford Roll of Honour lists both Ambrose and his brother Richard Henry with an address at 17 Chapel Walk, Eccleshill. At the age of 17 years Ambrose enlisted on the 17th of November 1915 in Hull as Private 14/158 in the East Yorkshire Regiment but was later transferred to the 2nd
Battalion of the South Wales Borderers as Private 45178. In March 1916 his Battalion arrived in France in preparation for the forthcoming Battle of the Somme and its first big action was on the opening day of the battle, the 1st of July. The Battalion attacked Beaumont Hamel advancing south of the village in the leading line which was mown down by machine gun fire in the first few minutes. They lost 235 men out of a total of 578. Ambrose survived this day but at some point was wounded in both
legs. He was returned to England and admitted to Edgbaston Hospital in Birmingham. On his return to the front his Battalion took part in the Arras offensive in April and May 1917 and on the 19th of May or near to that date Ambrose was posted as missing and death presumed. He was 18 years of age. Ambrose is remembered on the Arras Memorial which records the names of the men who fell in the Battles of Arras from the spring of 1916 until the 7th August 1918 and who have no known grave. He left his effects to his father Thomas who received £2.5.8d on the 27th of June 1918 and a War Gratuity of £6.0.0d on the 2nd of December 1919.
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Researched and written by Jean Britteon, to whom many thanks
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