John Frederick (Frederick John) Witheridge

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† Witheridge, Chief Stoker Frederick John H.M.S. Vanguard

“Stafford Villa” Lincoln Street, Campsie.

Born 1891, son of Harry & Annie Elizabeth Witheridge.

DT 8/11/1916 Portrait

SMH 24/7/1917 Mrs A.E. Witheridge, of “Stafford Villa”, Lincoln Street Campsie, has been informed by private cable, that her son First Stoker John Frederick, is missing. He joined the Imperial Navy five years ago, and was a stoker on H.M.S. Vanguard, which met with disaster recently. He was a native of Sydney and was 26 years of age. His brothers Private H.A. Witheridge and Private W.H. Witheridge are still in France. Another brother Private James Witheridge was killed on the occasion of the landing of our troops at Gallipoli.

Roll of Honour SMH 28/7/1917 Witheridge.- July 9, 1917, killed, Stoker John Frederick Witheridge, HMS Vanguard, son of Mrs A.E. Witheridge and the late H. Witheridge, brother of Dorothy and Albert, also Privates H.H. and W.H. Witheridge, on active service abroad. Abide with me.

War Casualties -

First Stoker John Frederick Witheridge, son of Mrs A.E. Witheridge, of “Stafford Villa”, Lincoln Street, Campsie, who was reported to be missing after the recent disaster to HMS Vanguard, is now announced to have been killed.

H.M.S. Vanguard was blown up in Scapa Flow on 9/6/1917.

AWM File IDRL428 Letters to the British Red Cross re Australian servicemen:

Killed 9/7/1917 - result of an internal explosion on board the ship, whilst at anchor at sea. Certified by Admiralty 27/6/1918.

Memorial: Chatham Naval Memorial, 23.

Roll of Honour, Canterbury District.

Killed in Action.

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Special acknowledgement

The primary source of the information on this page is copied from the prize winning publication Canterbury's boys : World War I & Sydney's suburban fringe. This book is the culmination of 12 years (1988-2000) research by a team of volunteers from the Canterbury and District Historical Society led by Dr Lesley Muir. Without this team's effort and dedication and the Society's willingness and support, this information would not be available today.


An uneditable version of the book Canterbury's boys : World War I & Sydney's suburban fringe is in the eBook section of this wiki. In the main section, there is an alphabetical list of the 1,911 individuals recorded in the book - the list is titled Canterbury's Boys List. Every name is linked to an editable version of the individual’s biography copied from the Canterbury’s Boys book. These editable biographical files have been created to provide the space for descendants, historians, researchers, etc to add information, photographs, newspaper articles, memories, etc. they have discovered so it is available for this and future generations.


Canterbury's boys : World War I & Sydney's suburban fringe. Edited by Lesley Muir. Campsie, N.S.W. : Canterbury and District Historical Society, 2002