Charles Basil Whitehead

Charles Basil Whitehead 1873-1947

Born: 1873 Kilve Court, Nr Bridgewater, Somerset
Died: 06 Jun 1947
Father:James Nicholas Whitehead
Mother:Caroline Maria Holberton
Spouse:Lilian Mary Pym
Married: 23 Aug 1911 Ilsham, Troquay, Devon
Children:Charles Whitehead, Stella Whitehead, Olga Whitehead, John Ethelbert Basil (Jack) Whitehead, Noelle Benda Whitehead, Edward (Ted) Whitehead
Occupation:Chief Of Police, Butterworth, Malaya
Other Partners:Ethel Maude Little
Updated: 30 Aug 1999


Basil's family came from the Minehead area. It is believed he was born in Kilve Court, near Bridgewater, the family home which may now be Council Offices in 1995.

Known as the 'Tiger of Malaya', Basil was also known as a hot-tempered eccentric. He was Chief Police Officer in Butterworth, Province Wellesley, Malaya, a job from which he retired in 1928, returning to the UK to Lower Down Cross, the house just outside Bovey Tracy, Devon, on the road to Hay Tor. He died here in 1947.

His reputation was such that, disapproving (probably for selfish reasons) of the marriage of his eldest daughter, Benda, to Arthur Richards (later Lord Milverton), Basil threatened to shoot Arthur. These threats were taken sufficiently seriously for Basil to be put under surveillance and for the wedding to be brought forward by one day at the last minute.

ID: 45   Generated by GedTree on 27 Aug 2002

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