Reproduced from newspaper clipping, VAC. “Herbert Atherton Whitaker.” CVWM. Accessed March 30, 2017.
Herbert Atherton Whitaker was born on 29 June 1888. He was well known in Toronto after serving two years with the 48th Highlanders, but lived most of his life in London, ON, before moving to Calgary where he enlisted in the 50th Canadian Infantry Battalion. Lieut. Whitaker was admired by his men oversees and regarded as calm, fearless and soldierly in the face of fire. On 8 October 1916, he was gassed and wounded while making rounds of the front-line trenches. He became aggressively ill and died of his wounds on 25 October 1916. His brother, Guy Whitaker was a major in the CEF, and their sister Marjorie served as a nurse in the 1st Southern General Hospital, Birmingham, England.
He is commemorated on page 181 of the First World War Book of Remembrance, (Memorial Chamber, Peace Tower, Parliament Hill).
Grave: Wimereux Communal Cemetery, France.