WHITTINGHAM, JESSE

Birthdate
Birthplace
Frodingham, Lincolnshire, United Kingdom
Age
36
Parents
Ernest James (stepfather) and Rose Doulton of Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Religion
Church of England
Occupation
Accountant
Service number
Canadian officiers don't provide a service number
Engagement
1940-07-22
Disembarked
1944-06-11, France
Date of death
1944-10-26
Died
Killed in action, Netherlands
Force
Rank
Awards
17th Duke of York's Royal Canadian Hussars, R.C.A.C.
Plot 10 | Row B | Grave 2
Military grave
Additional info

Qualified Warrant Officer on March 24, 1942.

Wounded on June 28, 1944. Wound to scalp, slight. Remained on duty.

Awarded Commander-in Chief's Certificate for Good Service.

The 17th Duke of York's Royal Canadian Hussars (7th Reconnaissance Regiment, 7th RECCE) war diary reports on October 26, 1944: "A" Squadron using the Assault Troop was to proceed from grid line (00) towards Oostburg, Netherlands and "B" Squadron using 2 Troops were to proceed from Oostburg in a south westerly direction and join up with "A". "A" Squadron was able to do their task without too much difficulty and soon reached the site where the bridge was to be erected. "B" Squadron on the other hand had to cross a river over a foot bridge and continue to "C" Squadron where they were lent vehicles to enable them to maintain communications. Their first job was to remove a road block at "C" Squadron and the Queen's Own Rifles junction point 042107 (Bakkersstraat and Nieuveltweg, Oostburg). As this was being removed, Capt Whittingham's vehicle, a light Scout car, ran over a mine and he was blasted completely out of the car. A second mine exploded and turned the car over on him. He was killed instantly. Captain J.O. MacArthur was immediately sent to take command and proceeded down the main road towards "A" Squadron meeting heavy opposition in the way of mines, booby traps and enemy mortar and shell fire. He eventually linked up with "A" Squadron at last light. The number of PW's (German war prisoners) taken was 22. One 37mm gun was destroyed.

The 17th Duke of York's Royal Canadian Hussars (7th Reconnaissance Regiment, 7th RECCE) war diary reports on October 27, 1944: Major W.C. Bowen accompanied Captain Whittingham's body for burial to Maldegem, Belgium (006998, Koningin Astridlaan/ Brielwegel, Belgium) - in the same cemetery as Lieutenant-Colonel T.C. Lewis (October 17, 1944 17th Duke of York's Royal Canadian Hussars) was buried. Representatives from all Squadron attended.

WHITTINGHAM, JESSE (7th RECCE Regiment)