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- Richard Alfred White -

Unknown person Name : Richard Alfred White.

Son of the late Henry James and Sarah Eliza White of Ventnor.

Born 29 December 1882 Ventnor, according to his Attestation papers, which may be an error on the part of the Canadian Army.

Probably registered as Alfred White in 1881.

  Census Information :

1891 : James Henry and Sarah White, with their children including Alfred aged 9, are at South Street, Ventnor. James White is a Painter and Plumber.

1901 : James and Sarah White, with their daughter Mabel, are at 32 South Street, Ventnor. James White is a House Painter. Presumed that Richard Alfred White is in South Africa.

1911 : James Henry and Sarah Eliza White, with their daughter Mabel, are at 32 South Street, Ventnor. James White is a Painter and Glazier. Presumed that Richard Alfred White is in Canada.

  Service details :

Corporal 15310 Richard Alfred White, Fort Garry Horse, Canadian Army

Richard White attested for service on 24 September 1914 when he gave his trade as Carpenter and his next of kin as his mother, Mrs Henry White, of 32 South Street, Ventnor. He was 5 ft 9 in tall, of fair complexion, with grey eyes and brown hair.

He gives his previous military service as 2½ years with the 40th Imperial Yeomanry, with 18 months spent in South Africa.
  Casualty Details :

Died : 23 March 1918 aged 37

Commemorated at : Vimy Memorial, Pas de Calais, France CWGC record ...

Veteran Affairs Canada record ...
  Commemorated on these Memorials :

Ventnor War Memorial
Ventnor, Holy Trinity Church War Memorial
County War Memorial Carisbrooke Castle
  Documents :


Friday, October 30, 1914 Page 3

An Interesting Publication
Mr. "Dick" White, son of Mrs. H. White, of Ventnor, who has come over to England with the Canadian contingent, sends us a copy of "The Out-Post," published by the 5th Battalion 2nd Infantry Brigade C.O.E.F., on board the steamship Lapland on October 10th. The little leaflet opens with a message from the Governor of Canada, the Duke of Connaught. ...

... Over thirty transports were needed to convey the Canadian contingent to England. Mr. White emigrated to Canada a few years ago. He previously saw service in South Africa.


Friday, April 26, 1918 Page 1

News has been received that Corporal Alfred Richard White, son of the late Mr. Harry White, Longdown, has been killed in France. He was in Princess Patricia's Light Horse. Corpl. White had been in Canada for several years and served in the South African War. Before going to Canada he worked for Mr. Rousell, and was greatly liked by all his associates for his bright and cheerful disposition. The family have received many sincere expressions of condolence in their sorrow.

Page 2

WHITE. - On March 23rd, killed in action, in France, Corpl. Richard (Dick) White, Canadian Cavalry, youngest and dearly loved son of Mrs. Hy. White, of Ventnor. For God - for King and for Country.

Janet Griffin for newspaper research

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Page last updated : 27 August 2011 (added 1914 newspaper piece)


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