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Private Fred Whiteley


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A search through CWGC archives showed Pte Fred Whitely's widow living in Littleborough. Our local Historical Society has been researching all soldiers connected with the town but Fred doesn't appear to have any conections even though his widow may have. Is Private Whiteley on Meltham War Memorial? Or Huddersfield? Indeed, has any pal researched this soldier such that he could confirm whether he did indeed have an association with Littleborough? The information we have is below but any additional information would be very welcome. A picture of Meltham War memorial if he is on it would be very valuable.


Pte Fred Whiteley

Born in Meltham on 16th Nov 1890 in St Bartholomew’s parish and in 1901 he was living with his parents Joe and Eliza in Meltham with his sister Edith (12) and younger brothers Norman (7) and Harry (3). His father was a woollen weaver. By 1911 the family were living at Hollingworth Green, Meltham and Fred was now employed as a Bobbin Sorter in a Cotton Mill. On 19th June 1915 he married Alice Taylor at St Bartholomew’s church in Meltham. Private Fred Whiteley 24225 2/7th Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment) enlisted in Meltham and died of wounds on 4th December 1917 and is buried in grave II 6 C HERMIES HILL BRITISH CEMETERY. The CWGC records show him as the 24 year old (actually 26) and son of Mr. Joe Whiteley, of Hollingworth Green, Meltham, Huddersfield; husband of Alice Lang (formerly Whiteley), of 3, Fence Nook, Littleborough, Manchester. There is no record of him living in Littleborough

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husband of Alice Lang (formerly Whiteley), of 3, Fence Nook, Littleborough, Manchester.

The answer is probably very simple and related to the CWGC entry you quoted Bernard. Alice married "Mr Lang" after Fred's death and was living there when the information was sent to the CWGC, that will be his only likely connection to Littleborough.

You should be able to confirm it with a marriage entry.


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Hi Bernard

Alice Whiteley married William Lang Sep, 1919, at Rochdale. Alice's record shown as 8c, 79, William's 8E,79

Regards Barry.

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