Horace Whittle, Private 47673, 1st/5th Bn. Lancashire Fusiliers
Killed in action 22nd August 1918 in France, aged 19
Horace Whittle was born in Macclesfield on 10 September and baptised on 7 December 1898 at Christ Church, Macclesfield, the only son of Bertha Ellen (nee Smith) and Daniel George Whittle, a carter of 4 Waterloo St West, Macclesfield.
In 1901, two-year-old Horace was living at 37 Wellington St, Macclesfield, with his mother, who was a silk weaver, and baby sister Dorothy Mabel. Horace’s father was away from home at Beaumaris, serving as a driver with the Militia. Ten years later in 1911, twelve-year-old Horace, a schoolboy, was living at 38 Waterside with his parents and sisters Dorothy Mabel (10) and Cora (17 months). Horace’s father was then working as a master window cleaner.
Horace was educated at Christ Church School, and his mother Bertha died in 1913.
Horace enlisted in Macclesfield, joining the Lancashire Fusiliers, and was drafted overseas in 1916. He was killed in action on 22 August 1918. Pte Whittle’s name appeared in the Absent Voter’s List at 31 Water Street in 1918 and 1919.
Private Horace Whittle is buried in grave ref II. E. 1. of the Queens Cemetery, Bucquoy, France. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission holds casualty details for Private Horace Whittle, and he is listed on the Imperial War Museum’s Lives of the First World War website.
GRO (England & Wales) Index: Births
Census (England & Wales): 1891, 1901, 1911
WWI Absent Voters Lists (FindMyPast): Macclesfield Parliamentary Division
Lives of the First World War website
Commonwealth War Graves Commission website