|Place of birth||Won Wron, Victoria|
|School||State School, Victoria|
|Religion||Church of England|
|Address||Church Road, Yarram, South Gippsland, Victoria|
|Age at embarkation||28|
|Next of kin||Mother, Mrs Mrs Jane Whitford, Church Road, Yarram, South Gippsland, Victoria|
|Rank on enlistment||Private|
|Unit name||21st Battalion, 13th Reinforcement|
|AWM Embarkation Roll number||23/38/3|
|Embarkation details||Unit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A33 Ayrshire on
|Rank from Nominal Roll||Private|
|Unit from Nominal Roll||21st Battalion|
|Fate||Killed in Action
|Age at death||30|
|Place of burial||No known grave|
|Commemoration details||Australian National Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux, France
Villers-Bretonneux is a village about 15 km east of Amiens. The Memorial stands on the high ground ('Hill 104') behind the Villers-Bretonneux Military Cemetery, Fouilloy, which is about 2 km north of Villers-Bretonneux on the east side of the road to Fouilloy.
The Australian National Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux is approached through the Military Cemetery, at the end of which is an open grass lawn which leads into a three-sided court. The two pavilions on the left and right are linked by the north and south walls to the back (east) wall, from which rises the focal point of the Memorial, a 105 foot tall tower, of fine ashlar. A staircase leads to an observation platform, 64 feet above the ground, from which further staircases lead to an observation room. This room contains a circular stone tablet with bronze pointers indicating the Somme villages whose names have become synonymous with battles of the Great War; other battle fields in France and Belgium in which Australians fought; and far beyond, Gallipoli and Canberra.
On the three walls, which are faced with Portland stone, are the names of 10,885 Australians who were killed in France and who have no known grave. The 'blocking course' above them bears the names of the Australian Battle Honours.
After the war an appeal in Australia raised £22,700, of which £12,500 came from Victorian school children, with the request that the majority of the funds be used to build a new school in Villers-Bretonneux. The boys' school opened in May 1927, and contains an inscription stating that the school was the gift of Victorian schoolchildren, twelve hundred of whose fathers are buried in the Villers-Bretonneux cemetery, with the names of many more recorded on the Memorial. Villers-Bretonneux is now twinned with Robinvale, Victoria, which has in its main square a memorial to the links between the two towns.
|Panel number, Roll of Honour,|
Australian War Memorial
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|Parents: Mary Jane WHITFORD, James Street, Yarram, Victoria, and the late John Joseph WHITFORD|
|Family/military connections||Brother: 5104 2nd Corporal Reginald James WHITFORD, Anzac Provost Corps, returned to Australia, 25 September 1919; Cousins: 645 Pte William Henry SWEENEY, 8th Light Horse Regiment, returned to Australia, 24 June 1916; 1449 Pte Cornelius James SWEENEY, 15th Bn, killed in action, 11 April 1917; 451 Pte Patrick Joseph SWEENEY, 8th Light Horse Regiment, killed in action, 7 August 1915; 3362 Pte George Edward JEFFS, 6th Bn, killed in action, 12 December 1916.|
War service: Western FrontMedals: British War Medal, Victory Medal