Bertie Whitwam, Private PLY/17618, Plymouth Battalion, Royal Marine Light Infantry
Died 4th March 1915 at Gallipoli
Bertie Whitwam was born on 18 February 1897, the son of Annie Elizabeth Whitwam. In 1911, fourteen-year-old Bertie, who was apprenticed to a painter, was living at Manchester Road, Wilmslow with his mother and stepfather Samuel Oakley, a plumber, who had married Annie Whitwam in Prestwich in 1902, and stepsister Eva Oakley, aged 23.
Bertie enlisted with the Royal Navy in Manchester on 6 August 1914. He stated that he was employed as a greengrocer’s assistant and his next of kin was his mother, who was then living at Moor Lane, Wilmslow.
Private Bertie Whitwam has no known grave and is commemorated on Panel Ref. 2-7 of the Helles Memorial in Turkey. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission holds casualty details for Private Bertie Whitwam, and he is listed on the Imperial War Museum’s Lives of the First World War website.
Locally, Private Bertie Whitwam is commemorated on the Wilmslow (Mill Street) war memorial.