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    41532 Lance Corporal Richard James Whittington

                   8th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles

                               7th June 1917

Born in Marston Bedfordshire in 1897.

In the 1911 census,he is recorded as living with his father,Charles Whittington(he died 06/1924),Elizabeth(nee Bavington(married 1894)),she died 06/1937,along with his 3 brothers,Charles,Herbert and John and 3 sisters,Jane

(she died 11/1988),Elizabeth Mary

(she died 03/1965) and Kate(she died 06/1982) at

Marston Shelton,Ampthill,Bedfordshire.

He was employed as a general labourer.

He enlisted in Shelton and originally served as (30162)Private

in the Norfolk Regiment,Before transferring to become (24395) Private in The Northamptonshire Regiment.He later became Lance Corporal (41532) in the Royal Irish Rifles.

He was killed in action on 07-06-1917.

His brother Herbert served as a Private(22850) in the

8th Battalion Befordshire Regiment before being killed in action on 15-09-1916.

He is remembered on the Thiepval memorial.     

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