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Whitfield, Gilbert Henry

Second Lieutenant Gilbert Henry Whitfield. After education at Charterhouse School, Mr. G. H. Whitfield studied engineering at King's College from 1906 to 1909. In October of the latter year he took up tea and rubber planting in Ceylon. He was a member of the Ceylon Planters' Rifle Corps, and on the outbreak of war volunteered for active service. The Corps left Ceylon for England in November, 1914, but was detained in Egypt owing to the unrest there. In Egypt, Mr. Whitfield was recommended for a commission in the Indian Army Reserve of Officers and was attached to the 51st Sikhs, with whom he saw fighting in February at Esmailia.

At the beginning of July he was transferred to the 14th Sikhs in Gallipoli, and was killed in action between August 6th and 10th. King's College Review, Dec. 1915


First name(s)Gilbert Henry
Previous educationCharterhouse School
CollegeKing's College London and/or King's College London Hospital
Dates at college1906-1909
Dept / courseFaculty of Engineering
Military unitIndian Army Reserve of Officers
Date enlistedAugust 1915
Place enlistedCeylon
War / conflictWorld War One (1914-1918)
Date of death8 August 1915
Rank at death2nd Lieutenant
Place of deathGallipoli
Commemoration(s)King's College Chapel; Helles Memorial; Charterhouse School Roll of Honour
SourcesKing's College London Archives; Commonwealth War Graves Commission

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