Farnham churchyard

Oakley John Whitmarsh

Surname: Whitmarsh
Other names: Oakley John
Other people in this story:
William George Coombes Whitmarsh
Emily Jane Whitmarsh nee Conway
Locations in this story:
Farnham, Dorset
Gallipoli, Turkey
Helles Memorial, Gallipoli, Turkey
Dardanelles
Bere 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.

Images:
  • Farnham War Memorial

Links to related web content / sources:
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
The National Archives