I am coming nearly to the end of my research into the men on the War Memorials.  Sadly, as to be expected, I cannot find much reliable  information for a few of the men.

Thomas Hubbard is one, I have posted what I have found at https://oldwhittingtonops.com/hubbard-thos/

Charles Fearn is one man I cannot trace with certainty that I am following the right man, and he may have to remain a mystery.

If anyone can help with any information on either of these two men please get in touch.



Frank Wheelhouse, I have had trouble finding Frank Wheelhouse and have to admit nearly gave up until last week when I finally found a clue. Frank Wheelhouse had enlisted as Frank Morgan, presumably this is a family name but not his mothers maiden name which occasionally happens. Frank was killed in action on 15th August 1915 leaving a wife and twin babies at Sheepbridge. His story can finally be read at https://oldwhittingtonops.com/wheelhouse-frank/

If anyone has any further information they would like to add regarding Frank Wheelhouse then please get in touch.



Wm Arthur Belfitt

I have just finished researching William Arthur Belfitt and his story can be read at https://oldwhittingtonops.com/belfitt-wm-arthur/

This was a bit of a tricky one with still a few unconfirmed pieces of information. I have never researched a member of the RFC later the RAF and it was quite a learning curve for me, and I found some it very interesting and distracting!

I haven’t found a picture of William as yet but will keep looking and if any descendants of the Belfitt family have any photos or information they would like to share then please get in touch.



I have just finished my research into the life of Ernest Gilberthorpe. He died on 27th May 1918, he was 23 years old. His story can be read at https://oldwhittingtonops.com/gilberthorpe-ernest/

I haven’t yet found a photo for Ernest but will keep looking.

If any descendants of the Gilberthorpe family have any stories or photos they would like to share on the webpage then please get in touch.


Research help

I am coming to the end of researching the men on the war memorial. I still have a few I am researching but there are a couple of men who I cannot find any definite link to Whittington.

Norman Dennison, John McGee, Frank Wheelhouse, John Smith, James Frost and William Fisher ( as I have mentioned before there is a Wilfred Fisher, it could be an error on the memorial).

If anyone recognises these family names or is an ancestor then please get in touch, even if it just gives me a nudge in the right direction I would be grateful.