No.G/35158, Private, Archibald WHITEROD
Aged 33

2nd Battalion, Royal Fusiliers
Killed in Action on Wednesday, 28th February 1917

Arch Whiterod was born in Denston (Risbridge Q3-1884 4A:604), son of Jonathan and Hannah WHITEROD (née TWITCHETT). His birth was registered as Arch, not Archibald.

1891 census... Aged 6, Arch was at Lower Green, Denston with his father John WHITEROD [37] farm labourer; his mother Hannah [37] born Stradishall; brothers Walter [11] and Charles [10]; sister Emily [8]. All except his mother were born in Denston.

1901 census... Aged 16, yardman on farm, he was at Lower Green still with his parents (father now a teamster); brother Charles (electric engine driver) and sister Emily.

1911 census...Aged 26, farm labourer, he was still at Lower Green with his parents (father now farm labourer), brother Charles (oil engine drive at Stradishall Place.

He enlisted in Newmarket.
2nd Bn. Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment):- On Feb 28th 1917, the 2nd Battalion, whose march discipline while making a move had recently been pronounced by the G.O.C. of the 29th Division "fit for an inspection parade," delivered a successful attack in the Combles area. The advance was finally held up by a shortage of bombs, and the battalion had to fall back under pressure of a heavy counter-attack. (The Royal Fusiliers in the Great War. H C O'Neill. Heinemann 1922)

The war diaries have a very lengthy entry for that period. CGWC records show 64 killed, only 18 with identified graves.

Archibald Whiterod is commemorated on the Thiepval memorial, pier and face 8C/9A/16A

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