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Lieutenant, 8th Battalion Manchester Regiment.

Died 18th September 1918.

Buried at Thilloy Road Cemetery, France.

Former member of the University Officer Training Corps.


 

Charles was the fourth son of Henry Whitaker,a merchant, of St. Annes on Sea. He was born at Nelson in 1892, attended Urmston Higher Grade School and was a student for 3 years at Manchester Royal College of Music. He played at Urmston Lacrosse Club. He was a member of the University Officer Training Corps between October 1915 and February 1916, gazetted in July 1916 and went to the Western Front a couple of months later with the Manchester Regiment on the Western Front. In January 1917 he was severely wounded and he was awarded a Military Cross for the action. The citation read “For conspicuous gallantry in action. He was in command of a raiding party, and though wounded three times, he still conducted operations and kept his men well under control. Previously he made reconnaissances of the enemy position and brought back accurate information.” The citation also notes him as attached to the North Lancashire Regiment. Charles was killed in September 1918 at Gouzeaucourt, France. He left effects worth £861 16s 8d to his father.