William Applewhite

Bank: Union of London & Smiths Bank

Place of work: Grantham branch

Died: 3 May 1917


William Edgar Applewhite was born in Lincoln in 1898, the son of William Hodsen Applewhite, a grocer, and his wife Hannah. He worked for Union of London & Smiths Bank as a clerk at its Grantham branch.


During the First World War Applewhite joined the army, serving as a Private in the Royal Fusiliers. He died on the Western Front on 3 May 1917. He was 19 years old.


William Applewhite is commemorated on a bank war memorial at NatWest City of London office.

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George Western November 11 2018 9:53PM

I believe this is the same William Edgar Applewhite that was my great grandfather's cousin (on my mother's side).

I only found out recently about William via my mother's father who researched some of his life. I know that he fought and died at the third battle of Scarpe at Arras in one of the bloodiest days of the war. He is buried at Canadian Cemetery No. 2, Neuville St Vaast, Pas de Calais, France, plot 16, row D, grave 4.

I am not sure why he is buried at the Canadian cemetery, as I don't believe my family has any Canadian connections. The only reason I can think of is that it is close to where he was killed.

With today marking the centenary of the end of the first world war, I thought I would remember him. He was only 19 when he made the ultimate sacrifice, it truly highlights the futility and waste of war.

In Remembrance: William Edgar Applewhite 1898-1917