Private 16647 Frank W Whiting
8th Battalion (Princess Charlotte of Wales's) Royal Berkshire Regiment
Private Whiting was born in Hungerford and enlisted in Newbury. At the time of his enlistment his place of residence was shown as Hungerford. He went to France on the 26th May 1915.
We are not sure what battalion he went to France with but during his time in the Regiment he served in the 1st Battalion, a regular battalion, the 6th Battalion, a service battalion and the 2nd/4th battalion a territorial battalion. He finally ended up in the 8th Battalion another service battalion who would have been very pleased to have posted to them an experienced soldier.
He died of wounds on the 1st September 1918 and is buried in Boisguillaume Communal Cemetery Extension, Seine-Maritime, France.
- Regimental Badge of the Royal Berkshires
The War Diary reads:
On the 28th August 1918 the battalion was relieved to the embankment in Caterpillar Valley and then to reserve in Guillemont. On the 1st September the battalion moved to positions outside Combles, for an attack on St Pierre Vaast Wood. On the 2nd September, at 1.05am 'C' and 'D' companies left their bivouacs and proceeded via Fregicourt road to the Bapaume – Peronne Road, then South to the opposition of assembly on the Western edge of the wood. The barrage opened at 5.30 am and at 5.50am moved forward. The troop kept close up to the barrage and at 7.10 am had gained their objectives.
Point of Interest:
When a soldier moved between the different battalions as much as Private Whiting did it would indicate that during his service he may have been wounded a number of times, returning to England to recuperate and then posted back to a battalion that required extra manpower.