Ferdinand George Whichello
Contributed by: Philip Robinson, on 2008-11-11
|First Name||Ferdinand George|
|Year of Birth||1896|
|Year of Death||1969|
|Regiment||Royal Army Medical Corps|
|Place of Wartime Residence||Birmingham, Warwickshire|
Ferdinand George's Story
Ferdinand George Whichello was my maternal grandfather. He served on the Western Front as a stretcher bearer from the very start of the war in 1914, when he was aged just 18, until the Armistice in 1918, during which time he was involved in some the bloodiest battles but mainly, I think, served around the Ypres Salient.
After the war ended he served in the British Army of Occupation, based on the Rhine at Cologne, being demobilised in 1919.
One of his worst moments was when he was slashed across the face by a German soldier using a saw bayonet as he was carrying in a casualty. The scar remained on his forehead for the rest of his life.
While based in Cologne after the war, he was a member of a concert party which entertained the troops with songs and shows.