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12122   Private John Whitley
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 07/01/2022
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 1st Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (British Army)
Date Of Birth: 11/12/1897
Died: 01/07/1915 (Died of Wounds)
Age: 17
John Whitley was the oldest son of Eugene and Elizabeth Whitley. He was born on 11th December 1897 in Moy, County Tyrone. He was the second of nine known children. his father was caretaker of the Courthouse. They lived in Chapel Street, Moy. Private Whitley He arrived in the Balkans with the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers on 30th April 1915. Private Whitley was seriously wounded at the Dardanelles and was evacuated to a hospital at Colshall Hall in Over Peover, Knutsford. He died of wounds in England on 1st July 1915, age 17.
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Cemetery Details
Cemetery: Over Peover St Lawrence Churchyard
  Knutsford, Cheshire, 9
Grave Ref: Grave in the west part
CWGC Casualty 2746734
There are four Commonwealth War Graves in this cemetery. There was a Red Cross auxiliary hospital in Over Peover in WW1, so it is presumed John Whitley was wounded or taken ill at Gallipoli or on the way there, was repatriated back to hospital in Cheshire where he then died.
Local Memorial Details

No Memorial Name Townland
1 Moy War Memorial - WWI Moy
References and Links
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1 1901 Census lists Whitley family Lists John as age 3 living with the family at house 2 in Chapel St, Moy, Tyrone
2 1910 Ulster Towns Directory - Moy Whitley, Eugene, caretaker Courthouse
3 1911 Census lists John Whitley Lists John as age 13 living with his grandparents at house 2 in Chapel St, Moy, Tyrone
4 1911 Census lists Whitley family Does not list John as living with the family at house 9 in The Square, Moy, Tyrone
5 Photo of Private John Whitley's headstone
6 Forum discussion (GWF) Discussion on why John Whitley is buried in Cheshire.
7 Forum discussion (GWF) Discussion on the different Moy Whitleys
8 Lives of the First World War Photo of Private John Whitley's headstone
9 National Archives UK Medal Card can be purchased here - Whittley
10 National Archives UK Medal Card can be purchased here
11 War Graves Photographic Project Photo of John Whitley's headstone can be purchased here.
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