Thursday, 19 October 2017

Harry White 1895 - 1917

Corporal Harry White with thanks to Rob Price
4th February 1895

Military Service:
Enlisted: February 1914 aged 19
Regiment and Battalion:  1st/5th (Territorial) York and Lancaster Regiment

Service number and rank:  1884 Private
Later Service Number: 240250 Corporal
Entered Theatre of War: France 13 April 1915
Awards: 1915 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

Death:  9 October 1917 aged 22
CWGC Remembered: Tyne Cot Memorial
Panel Reference: 125 to 128

Information from Commonwealth War Graves Commission:

Son of George and Clara White, of 30, Meadow St.; husband of Clarice Mary White, of 15, Meadow St., Barnsley.
Barnsley, Redfearn Brothers Glassworks & Aldham Works

Barnsley, St Mary's Church Combined Memorial
Barnsley, Regent Street, Congregational Church Memorial

Links & Notes:

Fantastic full biographies with many photographs and family documents relating to Harry and his brothers can be found on Rob Price's website Metal Detector. Rob gave us permission to use the above photo.

Lives of the First World War

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Barnsley Soldiers Remembered
See also the story for Harry's brother George which contains a long piece from Memories of Barnsley Issue 17 relating details of a letter from Harry about George's death on 10 September 1915

From the Barnsley Chronicle 20 April 1918 with thanks to Barnsley Archives

A Barnsley Family's Great Sacrifice
Three Sons Give Their Lives
Deep sympathy is felt with Mr. and Mrs. George White, of 30 Meadow Street, Barnsley, in the further bereavement they have just sustained by the death of their son, Pte. Arthur Percy White (25), from wounds received in action, this being the third member of the family who have made the supreme sacrifice. Sergt. George White was killed in September, 1915 and Corpl. Harry White has been missing since last October, grave fears being entertained as to his fate. Their father has been a respected employee at Messrs. Redfearns' Glassworks for the past 22 years, and the four soldier brothers all worked at the same place. Arthur's death is officially reported to have occurred on March 28th [1918]. He was one of the original Barnsley Territorials but had been drafted into another regiment at the time he received his mortal wounds. He was educated at the Eldon Street North School and last February he came home on leave to be married. A memorial service will be held on Sunday evening at the Congregational Church, Regent Street. Mr. White, senr., we may add, is a Reservist and an esteemed member of the Barnsley National Reserve Club.


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