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Harry Alden Whitby

Harry Alden Whitby

Date of Birth

4 January 1889


Borough Road College


Teacher at Crewkerne Grammar School

Service number


WW1 rank


West Yorkshire Regiment, 11th Battalion

Theatre of war

Contalmaison, France, Europe

Date of death

10 July 1916

Location of death

Contalmaison, France


Pozieres British Military Cemetery, France (Grave/Memorial reference: IV. M. 39.)


British Military Medal


Captain Harry Alden Whitby attended Borough Road College for three years, representing the college in tennis, and acting as the tennis secretary 1908-09. Whitby was also the editor of the B’s Hum 1908-09. After graduating Borough Road College he gained a double 1st BA at Cambridge and went on to be an HM Inspector of Schools, later being appointed Secretary of Academic Department at London University. Whitby joined up in September 1915 into the 11th Battalion West Yorkshire Regiment. He was killed in action on 10 July 1916 whilst leading his men in a successful attack on the village of Contalmaison. He was awarded the Military Medal.


Entry on p.86 [Roll of Honour page], Mentioned on Framed Borough Road College Roll of Honour, BFSS/2/9/14/4, Borough Road College 1906 applications, [BRCRU005], BRCSYG44, Found in Secondary Sources B's Hum Vol. VIII, No. 85, Nov/Dec 1896, BRCCO004, Secondary source information provided by Douglas Craik (taken from Commonwealth War Graves Commission), 1910 Annual Report, 1911 Report, The O.B.’s War Hum and Roll of Service (1918, 4th Edition)