Herbert Whalley, Private 243448, 15th Bn. Cheshire Regiment
Killed in action 16th July 1918 in Belgium, aged 34
Son of John and Hannah Whalley, of Macclesfield, Cheshire, husband of Mary Ann Whalley, of 17 Church Side, Macclesfield, Cheshire.
On 2 August 1918, the Macclesfield Times reported that Herbert had been killed in action:
Pte Herbert Whalley, Ches Regt, whose wife and two children reside at 17 Church Side, Macclesfield, has been killed in France. Second-Lieut. E G Hughes, in a letter to Mrs Whalley, says: “Your husband was standing outside his dug-out, talking to two of his pals, when a shell burst and killed all three. He was killed instantly and suffered no pain, and was buried with the others in a cemetery. Your husband was in my platoon, was always cheery, and willingly did his duty like a man. He will always be remembered.”
S Jackson writes conveying the sympathy of No 4 Platoon and adds: “Your husband was the life of our platoon, always gay and jolly… Your husband was a good and honourable soldier, a comrade whom we all esteemed, and his memory will ever remain with us.”
Private Whalley was 34 years of age and a native of Hurdsfield, being the son of the late Mr John Whalley. He was educated at Daybrook Street School and attended the church. In civil life he was a spinner at Lower Heys Mill, where he had been employed all his working life. Pte Whalley, who was formerly a member of the Volunteers, joined up in May 1917, and after training at Oswestry went out to France nine months ago. Some time back he sustained a bullet wound in the leg, but was not sent to England.
Private Herbert Whalley is buried at Abeele Aerodrome Military Cemetery, Belgium, in grave ref. II. A. 9. His widow asked for the inscription “SWEET ARE THE MEMORIES THAT WILL NEVER FADE” to be added to his headstone. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission holds casualty details for Private Herbert Whalley, and he is listed on the Imperial War Museum’s Lives of the First World War website.