Image from 1917 Suffolk Chronicle and Mercury newspaper.


Born: 2nd July 1897; Ipswich.

Died: 7th October 1916; age 19; Missing presumed KiA. Served 326 days.

Residence: 30, Turin Street, Ipswich.

Employed: as a Butcher at Mr. Frost’s, Norwich Road, Ipswich.

Enlistment Details: Location: Ipswich; Date: 15th November 1915; Age 18 years & 4 months; Occupation: Butcher; Next of Kin: Mrs Whale, 50, Devonshire Road, Ipswich. Signed up for the duration of the war. Height: 5ft 7ins.


Service: Joined B.E.F. 13th September 1916 – Joined 6th Battalion 29th September 1916 – Missing in the field on the 7th October 1916 – Death presumed and accepted for official purposes.


Rank: Private; Service Number: G/15144

Regiment: Queen’s Own (Royal West Kent Regiment), 6th Battalion.


Medals Awarded: Victory & British War.


Memorial Reference:

Pier & Face 11C.

Thiepval Memorial,






1901   40, Gymnasium Street, Ipswich.


William was 4 years old and living with his parents & brothers.

Archibald James Whale, 27, an Iron Foundry worker, born Ipswich.

Alice Whale (nee Daldy), 27, born Ipswich.

Frederick James Whale, 5, born Ipswich.

Leonard Archibald Whale, 2, born Ipswich.

Herbert Ernest Whale, 4 months, born Ipswich.


1911   1, Cottage Place, Gymnasium Street, Ipswich.


William was 13 years old and living with his parents & siblings.

Archibald, 37, a Stationary Engine Driver – Milling Engineers.

Alice, 37.

Frederick, 15,  Chemist’s Porter – Chemist.

Leonard, 12.

Ernest, 10.

Edith Elizabeth Whale, 7, born Ipswich.

Lily Florence Whale, 6, born Ipswich.

Charles Arthur Whale, 4, born Ipswich.


Soldiers’ Effects to Archibald Whale – father.


William’s brother, Herbert Ernest Whale was killed on the 6th June 1944, he was a Flight Sergeant/Navigator/Bomber. Aircraft – Boston IIIA BZ257 for the 114 Squadron of the R.A.F.V.R. buried with his fellow crew at Beach head War Cemetery, Italy.


 Queen’s Own (Royal West Kent Regiment), 6th Battalion.

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