Captain Abel Whitehead

Photo Courtesy: Robin Dods


Date of Birth: 03 August 1882

Place of Birth: Southport, England

Residence: Bury, Quebec

Nok: Mrs. Edith Whitehead, Bury, Quebec (Wife)

Trade: Traveller

Attestation date: 16 March 1916

Previous military service: 7th Hussars

Unit: 117th Bn CEF

Status: Survived - died 19 December 1952

Cemetery: Bury Cemetery, Bury, Quebec

Details of Service:

Captain Whitehead was the Adjutant of the 117th Battalion and played an active role in the recruitment of the battalion. He sailed to England with the battalion and continued to perform Adjutant duties for the 117th.

On 28 October 1916, Capt Whitehead was admitted to the Bramshott hospital suffering from Traumatic Orchitis caused by falling off a chair. Although he was discharged from hospital on 28 November 1916, a Medical Board was convened on 23 January 1917. Though the Board found him fit for duty Captain Whitehead was perceived as pyorrheaic, thin, anemic, and nervous. Captain Whitehead was granted one month medical leave.

On 20 February 1917, Captain Whitehead was deemed surplus to CEF requirments and returned to Canada aboard the SS Grampain eight days later. Captain Whitehead was struck off strength on 02 April 1917.

On 01 April 1918, Captain Whitehead was re-appointed Lieutenant-Colonel OC District Depot No. 5. However, on 18 June 1918, he was once again deemed surplus to requirements and struck off strength. He was subsequently transferred to the Reserve of Officers with the rank of Captain.

Captain Abel Whitehead was discharged from the CEF on 27 September 1919.

At the time of attestation, Captain Whitehead was married to Edith Whitehead and resided in Bury, Quebec. They had one daughter named Freda M. Whitehead, aged 8.