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Louis A Whitechester


We don't know much about Pfc Louis A Whitechester. All Saints Church in Earsham, Norfolk, contains an impressive memorial for him, and he is buried in Los Angeles. His headstone application says that he "died in active service" as a part of the 44th Mess Squadron. Enlistment date, service number, birthdate, deathdate. Facts and figures. But why did the small church at Earsham think so much of him that they would erect such a grand memorial? What was the cause of his death? A mystery to be investigated.

An answer to these questions comes from Andrew McCabe:
"Regarding the memorial tablet in Earsham Church, I was born and grew up in Earsham and the story behind the memorial is as follows:"

"Mr. Whitechester was engaged to Miss Mabel Marston, daughter of the owners of the flour mill in Earsham. Following his death, Miss Marston changed her name to Mabel Chester Marston and paid for the memorial in the church."

"I was born in 1943 and therefore have no direct memory of this, but my sister, who is six years older than me, confirms this to be the case. She says she can remember seeing Mr. Whitechester and that he was a large, rotund man."


Associated Place


Event Location Date
Born Pennsylvania, USA 18 May 1907
Enlisted Los Angeles, CA, USA 29 May 1942
Died 31 August 1946

Notes on Headstone Application:
"a c tech school"
"died in US"

Buried 950 S Sepulveda Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90049, USA

Los Angeles National Cemetery
Los Angeles
California, USA
Plot: 142 E 18


Date Contributor Update
17 July 2017 16:30:49 Lucy May Changes to biography and events

Correspondence with Andrew McCabe from Hardwick, Norfolk

Headstone application:

Date Contributor Update
20 May 2015 14:56:36 usxpat Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nationality, service number, highest rank, biography, events, place associations and media associations

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