|Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment)||27371||16th Battalion|
Photo courtesy Cliff Housley
John was born in 1896 at Crich, the son of Amos and Eliza White. His father worked on Cromford Canal. He attested in June 1915 aged nineteen, an unmarried collier who was living at Buckland Hollow. On 4th August 1917 he died of his wounds and is buried at Dozinghem Military Cemetery. He is remembered on the Sawmills Memorials.
He was wounded between 31st July 1917; [which was the first day of Third Battles of Ypres – Battle of Pilckem Ridge (31st July to 2nd August)] and 4th August when the 39th Division were relieved. According to a report about the 16th Battalion in "The Third Ypres Passchendaele the day by day account" by Chris McCarthy:
‘117 Brigade attacked with 16th Sherwood Foresters and 17th King’s Royal Rifle Corps; the 16th Rifle brigade and 17th Sherwood Foresters in support, passed through. Using stokes mortars and rifle grenades as a local barrage, they rushed and took three pill boxes at Regina Cross. Alberta, another centre of resistance also fell. ... The line from St. Julien to the Culvert was held by 116th and 117th Brigades, where they linked with 51st Division’.
Thursday 2nd August : 39th Division – The Germans were reported to be massing in front of Kitchener’s Wood but were dealt with by artillery fire. 116 Brigade occupied the ruins of St Julien and posts were established on the east bank of the Steenbeek, northwards from the village.
Friday 3rd August : 39th Division – A patrol of 117 Brigade penetrated as far as Maison du Rasta and Maison du Hibou.
Saturday 4 August : 39th Division relieved by 48th Division.’
During those few days over 40 mm of rain fell.
Medal Roll Index Card
He was awarded the Victory and British War Medals.
Army Service Record
He attested 15/06/15 at Derby aged 19 years 7 months, an unmarried collier of Buckland Hollow. His height was 5ft 5in and weight 131lb. The next of kin was his father Amos White of Buckland Hollow
He died of his wounds in France & Flanders.
|Regiment/Service||Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment)|
|Date of Death||04/08/1917|
|Additional information||Son of Amos and Eliza White, of Buckland Hollow, Amblegate, Derby.|
|Casualty type||Commonwealth War Dead|
|Grave/Memorial Reference||II. G. 19.|
|Cemetery||DOZINGHEM MILITARY CEMETERY|
27374 Lance Cpl J.White
Notts & Derby Regiment
4th August 1917 age 21
Soldiers' Effects Book
John White ; 16 Bn Notts & Derby; L/Cpl 27371; died of wounds France or Belgium 4.8.17; War Gratuity £9; paid out to:
19.11.17 mother Eliza £3 3s 2d
30.10.19 mother Eliza £9 0s 0d
1901: Millgreen, Crich
RG13 piece 3231 folio 7 page 5
1911: Buckland Hollow
|Beatrice May||White||daughter||13||Day nurse||Crich|
|John||White||boarder (wdwr)||75||Old age pension boatman||Heage|
RG14PN20987 RG78PN1251 RD436 SD4 ED16 SN9
In the 1918 Voters Register his address was the Common, Crich.