Frank Whitton 3082

Born : Unknown
Enlisted at : Bishop Auckland on 27/11/1914
Sent overseas on : 17/07/1916
Discharged on : Unknown
Died on : Unknown
Extra Notes : Posted to 2nd Entrenching Battalion from Etaples and then to Northumberland Fusiliers.

6 thoughts on “Frank Whitton 3082

  1. How do I find out more about my great grandfather Private Edward Charlton Wilkinson who served in WWI? I think in the 6th, although it could be the 26th as it is listed as 2 6th Battalion. He died in 1915, after returning home. His number was 2992, and he enlisted in Spennymoor, but I’m not sure when. I think he was sent to a hospital/convalescent place at or near to Eighton Banks, where he took his own life in a fairly, I think, horrific manner.

    • Thank you – you have alerted me to an error which I have now corrected –

      The 26th battalion was used as a holding battalion – a lot of the 6th DLI men who had been injured and returned home were posted there, as where men from other DLI battalions however his records show he was with the 2/6th (a different battalion to the 26th).

      His effects record (the register which recorded settlement of his wages) confirms he committed suicide.

      I can’t say exactly when he enlisted but it was in the last few days of Sep 1914 or the first few days of Oct 1914. My records confirm Spennymoor.


    • hi just found this i the British Newspaper Archives:The Newcastle Daily Journal: Thursday July 15 1915
      Soldiers Tragic Death at Birtley.
      Yesterday afternoon Private Edward Charlton Wilkinson 37 of No.2 Dobson’s Buildings, Low Spennymoor, and a mamber of the 6th D.L.I camped at Heworth, was found on the road at Northside, Birtley, with his throat cut and an open razor grasped in his right hand. Harold Oyston of Birtley , who found him, went for assistance but the man died before anything could be done for him. he leaves a widow and four Children.
      hope his helps

  2. Thank you, this is interesting information for me. I just wonder what his state of mind was to do something like that.

    • Hi Diane,

      I’m a PhD researcher at Northumbria University. I research women’s peace activism during WWI and through the interwar period. In particular, I look at the British section of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom – an organisation that campaigned for women’s suffrage and international peace. In the records of the Newcastle branch of the organisation, I came across a Mrs Charlton Wilkinson, who was elected as vice-chair of the branch in 1925. However, there is very little additional information about her. I wonder if this is the wife of Edward Charlton Wilkinson and therefore your great grandmother? I was wondering if you knew any more about Elizabeth? For instance, was she involved in the women’s suffrage movement? Or, is there any information on how she coped with the death of her husband?

      Feel free to email me directly:

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