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Name: Marian Whitwam

Burial Number: 1420

Gender: Female

Occupation: Wife of Surgeon Commander Leonard Sykes Whitwam

Born: 17/4/1875

Died: 17/11/1929

Buried: 20/11/1929


Marian was born in Golcar, Yorkshire, the daughter of Richard and Anne. She was baptised at St John the Evangelist church, Golcar on 19th September 1875. Her father was a woollen manufacturer. Anne died in September 1875 and Richard married again in 1880. His new wife was Mary Crosland, a teacher. Richard died on 12th October 1880. By 1891, Mary and the children had moved to Gomersal where Mary was a principal of a ladies school. After Mary’s death, the family moved to Cleckheaton. In 1908, Marion married Surgeon Commander Leonard Sykes Whitwam in Hove. He was originally from Golcar. By 1911, Leonard was serving aboard HMS Encounter in the Pacific. Marion may have been with him in Tonga. In 1921, they were living in Kent but by 1926, they had moved to 71 Lansdowne Place in Hove. Marion died on 17th November 1929 at 7 Wilbury Road, Hove, a nursing home. She was buried with her sister Sarah Hannah Wood at Heene. Probate was granted on 24th February 1930 to Midland Bank Executor and Trustee Co Ltd. Effects £1719 9s 6d.

Leonard died in Paignton, Devon in 1949.

Researcher: Carol Sullivan

The Grave

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Location in Cemetery

Area: SES Row: 10 Plot: 2

Exact Location (what3words): assume.kicks.wicked

Ashes or Urn: Unknown



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In ever loving memory of our sister Sarah Hannah (Sallie) eldest daughter of the late Richard and Anne Wood of Colcar Yorkshire also of Marian sister of the above and beloved wife of Surgn. Comdr. L.S. Whitwam R.N. died 17th Nov

Further Information


Name: Marian Whitwam

Gender: Female

Born: 17/4/1875

Town: Golcar

County: Yorkshire

Country: England


Maiden Name:Wood

Marriage Date: //1908

Spouse First Name: Leonard

Spouse Second Name: Sykes

Spouse Last Name: Whitwam

Town of Marriage: Hove

County of Marriage: Sussex

Country of Marriage: England

Information at Death

Date of Death: 17/11/1929

Cause of death: Unknown

Address line 1: 7

Address line 3: Wilbury Road

Town: Hove

County: Sussex

Country: England


No obituary has been entered.

Personal Effects

Money left to others: £1719 9 s 6 d

Current value of effects: £78726.00

Census Information


Share Hill, Golcar, Yorkshire

Mary aged 40, widow. Sarah aged 15. Esther aged 14. Lewis aged 8. Marian aged 5. Amy Clifford aged 15, niece.


Greenbank, Gomersal, Yorks.

Mary aged 49, principal of ladies school. Sarah H aged 25. Esther aged 24. Lewis aged 18, manufacturing chemist. Marion aged 15. Plus 1 servant.


“Kilnsey” Whitecliffe Road, Cleckheaton.

Sarah aged 35. Lewis aged 28, chemical maker. Marion aged 25. Plus 1 servant.


No trace. Leonard was on board HMS Encounter in Tonga. Mary may also have been in Tonga.


15 Mansion Row, Old Brompton, Chatham, Kent

First name(s) Last name Relationship to head Sex Birth year Age Birth place Occupation Employer
Leonard Sykes Whitwam
Male 1874 47 Golcar, Yorkshire Surgeon Commander Royal Navy Admiralty
Marian Whitwam
Female   1875 46 Golcar, Yorkshire None None
Alice Weston
Female 1901 19 Wimbledon, Surrey, Domestic Servant Employer

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