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Albert Edward Whitethread

Biography of Private Albert Edward Whitethread, (TR5/74304)
88th Battalion Training Reserve
Formerly T308025 Army Service Corps

Died 1st June 1917

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Albert Edward Whitethread

Date of birth:

Place of Birth:
Fosdyke, Lincolnshire, England

Date of Birth registration:
Jul – Sept 1881

Place of Birth Registration:



Wife’s Name:
Annie Katherine Skeeles

Date of Marriage:
31 May 1909

Place of Marriage:
The Wesley Chapel, Atherstone

Wife’s Date of birth:

Wife’s Place of Birth:
St Ives, Huntingdonshire

Wife’s father:
George Skeeles

Wife’s Mother:
Mary A Bull

Constance Lilian Whitethread, 1910, Bourne


Father’s Name:
John Whitethread

Father’s DOB:

Father’s Place of Birth:
West Dereham, Norfolk, England

Father’s Occupation:
Blacksmith/ general dealer

Mother’s Name:
Mary Anne Percival

Mother’s DOB:

Mothers POB:
Spalding, Lincolnshire, England

Mother’s Occupation:

Their Marriage:
1876 Spalding District

Siblings: (Name), (DOB), (POB)
William Robert Whitethread, 1877, Sleaford
Fanny Whitethread, beginning 1878, Spalding
Herbert Whitethread, end 1878, Heal
Clara Whitethread, 1879, Heal
Beatrice Whitethread, 1880, Heal
Albert Edward Whitethread, 1881 Fosdyke
Agnoria Jane Whitethread, 1883, Fosdyke
Ethel Whitethread, 1884, Bourne
Edith Whitethread, 1888, Morton
John Arthur Whitethread, 1893, Morton
Plus 1 more whos name are unknown taken from the 1911 census

1891 Census:
Albert is living with his parents in Morton, Lincolnshire

1901 Census:
Albert is living with his parents in Morton, Lincolnshire

1911 Census:
Albert is living with his brother William in Hanthorpe, Lincolnshire. The census gives him an age of 28 and he is listed as a blacksmith.

Relatives in services:

Newspaper Mentions
Grantham Journal Saturday 9th June 1917
SAD NEWS – Yet another Morton young man has paid the great sacrifice, under distressing circumstances. A few days ago, Mr John Whitethread, blacksmith, received a wire from Newcastle informing him that his son, Albert Whitethread, a private in the R.F.A., was in hospital and seriously ill. Mr Whitethread went at once, only to find that the worst had happened, and that his son had been dead some time. The body was conveyed to Morton on Tuesday, and the funeral took place on Wednesday, the service being conducted in the Wesleyan Chapel by the Rev Comyn Jones, Congregational minister, of Bourne, the body afterwards being interred in the Churchyard. The Rev Jones conducted the service. Great sympathy is felt for the bereaved family. Deceased was well known, and only recently left Morton for the military duties. We understand that death was due to pneumonia. There were several beautiful floral tributes.

Military Records

Attestation Papers:

WW1 Soldier’s Records:

Soldier’s Died In The Great War:
These records show that Private Albert Edward Whitethread, TR5/74304, Army Service Corps was killed in action on 1st June 1917 at Home.

Pension Records:
Not yet available

Medal Card Index:
Albert’s medal card hasn’t been found

UK:Morton, St John the Baptist churchyard
Bourne War Memorial in the Memorial Gardens

Commonwealth War Graves Commission:
In memory of Private Albert Edward Whitethread, TR5/74304, 88th Battalion, Training Reserve who died on 15 June 1917 Age 35.
Remembered with honour, Morton (St John the Baptist) Churchyard.

All records say he died on the 1st so I think its a typing error.

More information:

Military Service Timeline:

Albert Whitethread was enlisted into the Army on the 24th June 1916 in Grantham and his place of residence at the time was listed as Bourne.
He was called up on the 15th March 1917 and posted into “James Bradford’s 3rd Company” Army Service Corps two days later, his attestation papers list his rank as a Driver.
On the 24th May 1917 Albert was transferred to the 88th Training Reserve Battalion. This was, up to the end of 1916, the 19th reserve Battalion of the West Yorkshire Regiment but the re-organisation of the Training Battalions from September 1916 meant that the Training Reserve were no longer aligned to any regiment. This was the case until May 1917 when the training Battalions were returned to a regimental affiliation.
The 88th Training Battalion were stationed at Link House Camp, Blythe, Northumberland and Albert would have been sent there for training with the Battalion on 24th May.
Albert was admitted to the 1st Northern General Hospital in Newcastle on the 31st May 1917. He died the next day, on the 1st June, after Broncho Pneumonia set in.