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Lionel Cole Whitefoord

Male 1876 - 1916  (39 years)



  • Name Lionel Cole Whitefoord  [1, 2, 3
    Birth 02 Oct 1876  Wokingham Find all individuals with events at this location   [2, 3, 4, 5
    • father Adam John Whitefoord, general practitioner, birth St Johns Wood reg Marylebone 2Q1846, death reg Fulham 3Q1885; mother Ellen Mary Cole, b Calcutta 1848, death reg Hampstead 2Q1902 [E&W census 1881 etc; BMD reg; Chris Rooney email 09 Mar 2011]
    Residence Apr 1881  48 The Grove, Hammersmith Find all individuals with events at this location   [2
    Residence Apr 1891  Lordship Lane, Wood Green Find all individuals with events at this location ; Royal Masonic Institution for Boys  [3
    Occupation Mar 1901  Private Secretary  [6
    Residence Mar 1901  28 South Hill Park, Hampstead Find all individuals with events at this location   [6
    Marriage abt Aug 1904  Thanet Find all individuals with events at this location   [7, 8
    Marjorie Agatha Postlethwaite,   b. 29 Oct 1883, Acton Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Feb 1963, London Clinic, Devonshire Place, Marylebone Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Occupation abt 1905 - 1914  Arundel House, Strand Find all individuals with events at this location ; Journalist  [9, 10
    Residence Oct 1905  21 Willoughby Rd, Hampstead Find all individuals with events at this location   [10
    Residence 1911  Reston Lodge, Petersham Find all individuals with events at this location   [9
    • not at home for Apr 1911 census
    Military Service abt 1914 - 1916  Lieutenant, 1st Battn, Irish Guards  [11
    Death 15 Sep 1916  Somme, France Find all individuals with events at this location ; Cause: Killed in action  [1, 11, 12
    Burial 15 Sep 1916  No known grave Find all individuals with events at this location   [11
    • Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial, Pier and Face 7D
    Probate 23 Mar 1917  London Find all individuals with events at this location ; £23,488 13s. 1d  [13
    • Whitefoord Lionel Cole of 6 Norfolk-crescent Paddington Middlesex lieutenant Irish Guards died 15 September 1916 in France Probate London 23 March [1917] to Marjorie Agatha Whitefoord widow. Effects £22903 13s. 1d. Resworn £23488 13s. 1d. [NPC]
    Notes 
    • On the evening of the 14th September 1916, the 1st Brigade of Guards moved out to the shell-holes and fragments of trench that formed their assembly-positions, on a front of five hundred yards between Delville Wood and the northern flank of Ginchy. There was a limited objective, three hundred yards beyond the first, which worked in with the advance towards Flers of the divisions on the left of the Guards from Delville Wood to Martinpuich. Incidentally, it was announced that as soon as all the objectives had been seized, "Cavalry would advance and seize the heights ahead."
      The Battalion formed up north-west of Ginchy in two lines, facing north-east. Nos. 3 and 4 Companies in the first line; 1 and 2 in the second on the right. Captain L. R. Hargreaves, Lieutenants the Hon. P. J. Ogilvy, and R. Rodakowski, 2nd Lieutenant T. C. Gibson, and C.S.M. Voyles and Farrell were left in reserve. Lieutenant L. C. Whitefoord and his section of the Brigade Machine-gun Company was attached to the Battalion.
      About an hour and a half after the advance began, what the countless machine-guns had left of the Irish found itself with three out of its four company commanders already casualties, all officers of No. 2 Company out of action, and the second in command, Major T. M. D. Bailie, killed. They were held up under heavy shelling, either in front of German wire, or, approximately, on the firstline objective - a battered German trench, which our artillery had done its best to obliterate, but fortunately had failed in parts. Outside their area, the Sixth Division's attacks between Ginchy, Telegraph and Leuze Wood had failed, thanks to a driving fire from the Quadrilateral, the great fortified work that controlled the landscape for a mile and a half; so the right flank of the Guards Division was left in the air, the enemy zealously trying to turn it - bomb versus bayonet. Nobody knew within hundreds of yards where they were, but since it was obvious that the whole attack of the Division, pressed, after the failure of the Sixth Division, by the fire from the Quadrilateral, had sheered too far towards the left or north, as the spasmodic shelling of the congested line turned into the full roll of the German barrage.
      The Diary covers these experiences of the three hours between 8 A.M. and 11 A.M. with the words: "In the meantime, despite rather heavy shelling, a certain amount of consolidation was done on the trench while the work of reorganization was continued. About half-past eleven the Commanding Officer, the Adjutant, and 2nd Lieutenant G. V. Williams and Lieutenant L. C. Whitefoord of the 1st Guards Brigade Machine-gun Company, who represented all that was left of the officers, went forward with all that was left of the Irish Guards towards the next objective".
      Their road lay uphill through a field of rank, unweeded stuff, and, when they had topped a little rise, they saw what seemed, by comparison, untouched country where houses had some roofs on them and trees some branches, all laid out ahead, in the hot sunshine between Flers and Lesboeufs. Then a German field-battery, also in the open, pulled up and methodically shelled them. At this juncture, Captain L. R. Hargreaves, left behind with the Reserve of Officers in Trônes Wood, was ordered up, and reached the line with nothing worse than one wound. He led out a mixed party of Coldstream and Irish to a chain of disconnected shell-holes a few hundred yards in advance of the trench. Here they suffered for the rest of the afternoon under the field-battery shelling them at less than half a mile, and the regular scything of the machine-guns from the Quadrilateral on their right.
      A machine-gun detachment, under Lieutenant L. C. Whitefoord, went with them. Major T. M. Bailie, Lieutenant C. R. Tisdall, Lieutenant L. C. Whitefoord, and 2nd Lieutenant N. Butler were killed. There were over 330 casualties in the other ranks.
      [Rudyard Kipling: The Irish Guards in the Great War]
    Person ID I2821  Tatham | Meaburn branch | Parent of spouse
    Last Modified 23 Jan 2013 

    Family Marjorie Agatha Postlethwaite,   b. 29 Oct 1883, Acton Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Feb 1963, London Clinic, Devonshire Place, Marylebone Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years) 
    Marriage abt Aug 1904  Thanet Find all individuals with events at this location   [7, 8
    • St John, Hampstead: Banns of Marriage between Lionel Cole Whitefoord, Bachelor, of this Parish, and Marjorie Agatha Postlethwaite, spinster, of the Parish of St Peter, Thanet, published 07/14/21 Aug 1904
    Notes 
    • Myles youngest son. Also Esmond, b abt 1906; Alan, abt 1909; Patrick, abt 1915.
    Children 
    +1. Myles Anthony Whitefoord,   b. 14 Aug 1916, Paddington Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Nov 1986, Scotland? Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years)
    Last Modified 23 Jan 2013 
    Family ID F0739  Family Group Sheet

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    Link to Google MapsBirth - 02 Oct 1876 - Wokingham Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Apr 1881 - 48 The Grove, Hammersmith Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Royal Masonic Institution for Boys - Apr 1891 - Lordship Lane, Wood Green Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Mar 1901 - 28 South Hill Park, Hampstead Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarriage - < - abt Aug 1904 - Thanet Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarriage - abt Aug 1904 - Thanet Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Journalist - abt 1905 - 1914 - Arundel House, Strand Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Oct 1905 - 21 Willoughby Rd, Hampstead Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1911 - Reston Lodge, Petersham Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDeath - Cause: Killed in action - 15 Sep 1916 - Somme, France Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsProbate - £23,488 13s. 1d - 23 Mar 1917 - London Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S05] The Times, forthcoming marriages, 25 Mar 1939.
      late

    2. [S01] Census, UK, 1881.
      age 4

    3. [S01] Census, UK, 1891.
      age 14

    4. [S02] BMD Index, birth reg Wokingham, 4Q1876.

    5. [S13] thePeerage.com.

    6. [S01] Census, UK, 1901.
      age 24

    7. [S02] BMD Index, marriage reg Thanet, 3Q1904.

    8. [S01] Census, UK, 1911.
      marr 6 yrs

    9. [S17] Telephone Directories, 1911.

    10. [S06] Parish Registers, baptisms, St John, Hampstead, 20 Oct 1905.
      son Hew Lionel Esmond Caleb Whitefoord

    11. [S34] Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

    12. [S29] Medal Index Cards WW1.

    13. [S14] National Probate Calendar.