Lt Col Ernest Victor Whitehead

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The Royal Memorial Chapel

Chapel Square

Royal Military Acadamy Sandhurst


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Status: On original site
Type: Non freestanding
Location: Internal
Setting: Inside a building - public/private
Description: Seating
  • Timber Pine
Lettering: Incised
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
About the memorial: Memorial to Lieutenant Colonel Ernest Victor Whitehead, 3rd Battalion, 8th Gurkha Rifles, Indian Army. Son of Major Ernest Kilve Whitehead and Edith Henrietta Clough Raymond Whitehead (nee Mallock). Educated at St. John’s College, Johannesburg. Husband of Felicity Pelham Whitehead, of Cullompton, Devon. Gentleman Cadet at the Royal Military College, Sandhurst (having received the Union of South Africa’s Governor General Nomination to attend). Commissioned into the Indian Army 30 Aug 1928. Awarded the DSO (London Gazette 28 Jun 1945). Twice Mentioned in Despatches. Commanded the third battalion of the 8th Gurkha’s during the siege of Imphal, and the crossing of the Irrawaddy River during the Burma campaign and was killed in action soon after during the advance on Mandalay aged 37 years. Commemorated on Face 70 of the Rangoon Memorial, Myanmar (Burma). Also commemorated on a grave in Teignmouth Cemetery, Teignmouth, Devon.
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In memory of two beloved sons, Lt Col E V Whitehead, DSO, 3/8 Gurkha Rifles.Killed in action in Burma, 1st March 1945. Major S H J Whitehead, 3/18Royal Garhwal Rifles. Killed in action in Italy, 8th August 1944. "And I give them eternal life and they shall never perish".

Ernest Victor Whitehead

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