Chatteris WW1 Soldier Laurie Whitney (2900018). Chatteris Remembers Biography

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  • Here is a comment left Jacquie Singer, Laurie’s granddaughter to correct some information listed above.
    “laurie’s father was Charles William Whitney, born 17 April 1862, Ramsey, Hunts, died 24 Sept. 1934 – buried at Chatteris. Married Mary Elisabeth Ann Fear, (born May 5 1864 Lodes End, Ramsey, Huntingdonshire, England). Charles married 19 August 1889 at Ramsey.
    Laurie was born 4th October 1892, at Bury, Hunts. Laurie was called up to serve in the war in the Huntingdonshire Cyclists. Laurie was 21 when he married his first cousin Emma Fear, (my grandmother) – marriage registered in the first quarter of 1914 at Peterborough. Their daughter Rosemary (my mother) was born soon after on 22nd May 1914. She died in Sydney Australia February 2011 aged 96. My Grandmother, Emma also died in Australia, aged 94.
    Before the war, Laurie was employed by the Great Northern Railway, in Godmanchester and was studying accountancy. He died 11th July 1917, aged 24, of pneumonia before discovery of antibiotics. He died at Scarborough, Yorkshire. His headstone is at the Meeks Cemetery, Chatteris, Cambridgeshire. Prior to the war, he was employed for 5 1/2 years at the G.E.R. goods office at Godmanchester. He was the second son of Charles and Elizabeth Whitney, 4 Station Road, Chateris, Cambridgeshire. He is remembered in the War Dead of Ely Cathedral and at Liverpool St. Station, London.” Jacquie also mentions that Laurie and Emma never lived in Ealing as stated above.”

    By jsmith (08/02/2015)

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