Other names: Oakley John
Locations in this story: Farnham, DorsetGallipoli, TurkeyHelles Memorial, Gallipoli, TurkeyDardanellesBere Regis, Dorset
Story: Oakley John Whitmarsh was born in 1891 in Farnham, Dorset. He was the son of William George Coombes Whitmarsh, a Farmer, and Emily Jane Whitmarsh (nee Conway). At the time of the 1911 Census he was single, he was working as a Farm Labourer and boarding out at Bere Regis, Dorset. His family remained in Farnham, Dorset. He enlisted on 1st September, 1914 as a Private with the 5th Service Battalion of the Dorsetshire Regiment (Service No. 10576). He served in the Dardanelles where he was wounded and on his return to duty he then served at Gallipoli and was awarded the Victory, British War and 1915 Star medals. He died on 21st August 1915 and his name appears on the Helles Memorial, Gallipoli, Turkey (Panel 136 to 139). He is remembered on the Farnham War Memorial.