Private 16254, 7th Battalion Royal Scots Fusiliers.

Killed in action Sunday 26th September 1915, age approximately 19.

Remembered on the Loos Memorial, France, panels 46-49.

Former student of Mechanical Engineering.



John was born in 1894 at Maldon in Essex to James Whitrow, an Excise Supervisor, of Crumpsall, Manchester. He was educated at St. Margaret’s School in Crumpsall and was a member of the Church Lad’s Brigade. He entered Manchester University in 1911 and obtained a Certificate of Technology Mechanical Engineering in 1914. After his studies he was employed by British Westinghouse as an apprentice engineer.

John was a member of the Officer Training Corps from October 1912 to October 1914. He enlisted on 5th January 1915, became a signaller in his unit, went to France in June 1915 and was killed at the Battle of Loos.