South Staffordshire War Memorials

Dedicated to the memory of all the men and women of the South Staffordshire area who died during the two World Wars.

Private Joseph Whiting.

Joseph Whiting was born in 1884, probably in Hemingby, Lincolnshire. He was the son of William Whiting, a coachman, and Frances his wife who lived in Hemingby. By the time he enlisted in the army in March 1916, he was living in Pattingham. His enlistment took place at Bridgnorth which is (probably erroneously) recorded in army records as his birthplace.

Joseph was called up in March 1916 and posted to the Royal Welsh Fusiliers. After initial training he was sent to the Machine-Gun Company School at Grantham and transferred to the Regular Army. He was sent to France in January 1917 and posted to 192 Company, Machine Gun Corps shortly afterwards.

Joseph was posted missing on 30th November 1917, when the Germans counter-attacked during the Cambrai operations. He was later recorded as killed in action or died of wounds on or shortly after 30th November, 1917. His body was found in September 1918 and he is now buried in Fifteen Ravine British Cemetery, Villers-Plouich.

Private Joseph Whiting, 44878, MGC, (previously 9009, Royal Welsh Fusiliers), was awarded the Victory and British War Medals.

This memorial has mostly been compiled from official sources. It would be good to be able to expand it with more personal material - memories, stories, photos, etc. If you have any suitable material or any corrections please contact Greg.