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H Whitelock


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One of the memorials I am researching is in the old Grammar school in Bedale North Yorkshire.

It lists ten names of ex pupils who lost their lives in the Great War. No rank, regiment or date of death is given so you can imagine it’s causing a few problems.

I’ve so far managed to identify six of the men named.

If anyone can help with the others it would be much appreciated.

One of the names is H Whitelock. The closest I can find on CWGC site is,


Nationality: New Zealand

Rank: Rifleman

Regiment: New Zealand Rifle Brigade

Unit Text: 2nd Bn. 3rd

Age: 20

Date of Death: 24/02/1918

Service No: 45626

Additional information: Son of the late Mr. and Mrs. W. M. Whitelock. Born at Aiskew, Bedale, Yorks, England.


Everything fits apart from the initials. However this man, IF he was related to Ronald Ambrose, could be the man I’m looking for.


Nationality: New Zealand

Rank: Private

Regiment: Otago Regiment, N.Z.E.F.

Unit Text: 2nd Bn.

Date of Death: 15/09/1916

Service No: 24/1859


IF he was known as Herbert rather than Vivian. Is there a New Zealand equivalent to SDGW that could shed some light on this?



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In addition the the previous information this is from the 1901 census. If Vivian Herbert was known as Herbert and it's the same person, he would have been around 31 at the time of his death.

Herbert Whitelock 16 Yorks Aiskew Yorkshire Aiskew

Ronald Whitelock 4 Yorks Aiskew Yorkshire Aiskew

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  • 9 years later...

Hello Roger. I feel weird replying to this as it was posted so long ago but it is of interest to me. Robert Ambrose and Vivian Herbert were my Great Uncles and from Bedale then came to NZ then went to WW!. Do you live in Bedale? Is there any way you could send me a photo of this memorial?



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Hi Nicky,

Old posts never die - or fade away..

Looks like this info. below comes from your family tree on Ancestry (nicolette jondy spiers)

Whitelock VH is in the New Zealand Army Casualty Lists:


KIA reported 06.10.16

Casualty List no. 423/18

Force: 2nd New Zealand Rifle Brigade

And Vivian Herbert Whitelock is on the NZ Army Roll of Honour:


Unit: O.I.R.

KIA France 15.09.16

His brother Roland's death was registered at Chertsey, Surrey, in March 1918. Did he die of wounds?


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I trust that by now , you have established the information on the Whitelock brothers. Photographs of their memorials are on our website www.nzwargraves.org.

Service records are online at Archway

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