|Place of birth||Emsworth, Hampshire, England|
|School||Waroona State School, Western Australia|
|Age on arrival in Australia||9.9|
|Religion||Church of England|
|Address||Waroona, Western Australia|
|Age at embarkation||18|
|Next of kin||Father, J R Whettem, Hadley, Waroona, Western Australia|
|Previous military service||Srved in the Cadets (Area 86B); still serving at time of AIF enlistment.|
|Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll|
|Place of enlistment||Perth, Western Australia|
|Rank on enlistment||Private|
|Unit name||16th Battalion, 16th Reinforcement|
|AWM Embarkation Roll number||23/33/3|
|Embarkation details||Unit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A9 Shropshire on
|Rank from Nominal Roll||Private|
|Unit from Nominal Roll||16th Battalion|
|Fate||Killed in Action
|Place of death or wounding||Hebuterne, France|
|Age at death||19.9|
|Age at death from cemetery records||19|
|Place of burial||Gommecourt British Cemetery No 2 (Plot II, Row F, Grave No 2), Hebuterne, France|
|Panel number, Roll of Honour,|
Australian War Memorial
|Miscellaneous information from|
|Parents: James Read WHETTEM and Margaret P. WHETTEM, Waroona, Western Australia|
|Family/military connections||Half-brother: 3518 Pte Ritchie Mathewson WHETTEM, 1st Bn, killed in action, 7 April 1917.|
War service: Egypt, Western Front
Embarked Fremantle, 31 March 1916; disembarked Egypt, 24 April 1916.
Admitted to 2nd Australian Stationary Hospital, 20 May 1916 (pyrexia, unknown origin); transferred to Ambulance Train No 4, 25 May 1916, and admitted to No 4 Auxiliary Hospital (enteric); transferred to Ras el Tin Convalescent Depot, Alexandria, 3 June 1916; discharged, and taken on strength, 16th Bn, Tel el Kebir, 1 July 1916.
Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 6 August 1916; disembarked England (date not recorded).
Proceeded overseas to France from 4th Training Bn, 22 September 1916; taken on strength, 16th Bn, in the field, 4 October 1916.
Admitted to 4th Australian Field Ambulance, 6 January 1917 (ulcer, foot), and transferred to Corps Rest Station; to 45th Casualty Clearing Station, 6 January 1917; to Ambulance Train No 16, and admitted to 5th General Hospital, Rouen, 7 January 1917; transferred to 2nd Convalescent Depot, 16 January 1917; discharged to Base Depot, Etaples, 20 January 1917; rejoined Bn, in the field, 17 February 1917.
Admitted to 3rd New Zealand Field Ambulance, 15 June 1917 (rheumatoid arthritis); transferred to 1st Australian Casualty Clearing Station, 16 June 1917; discharged to duty, 29 June 1917; rejoined Bn, in the field, 30 June 1917.
Detached to 4th Division Power Buzzer School, 12 February 1918; rejoined Bn from detachment, 24 February 1918.
Killed in action, 5 April 1918.
Statement, Red Cross File No 2910910, 2555 Pte J.H. NORRIS, 16th Bn, 1 April 1919: 'I saw Whettem's body ... after he was killed by shell fire in the right breast at Hebuterne about 10/11 a.m. he was mending the line at the time. I think he lived for about ½ hour but was unconscious all the time.'
Second statement, Sergeant Major J.T. TANDRY, 10 September 1919: 'I saw him after he was wounded at Hebuterne near Albert, early in April 1918. He died on the way to Dressing Station.'Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
|Miscellaneous details||Surname entered incorrectly on Embarkation Roll as WHETTEN.|
|Sources||NAA: B2455, WHETTEM Allan Read
Red Cross File No 2910910