Henry Joseph White

Service:                Army

Rank:                   Private

Service No:           21340

Unit:                     16th Bn. Royal Warwickshire Regiment

 

Henry was born in Bristol in1880; he was the 2nd child of William and Louisa White.  A 11 year old scholar in 1891 he was living with his parents & 3 siblings at 35 Grosvenor Road, Bristol; his father was a Musical Instrument Maker.  By 31 March 1901 Henry had become a plumber still living with his parents in Grovenor Road. Later in the year Henry married Beatrice Louisa Holbrook & a son Leslie Ronald was born in 1904. In 1911 the family were living in Barton Hill Bristol at 19 Lancaster Street.

Prior to joining the Warwick’s  Henry was in the Royal Berkshire Regiment (service no 26807).

The 16th (Service) Battalion (3rd Birmingham) Royal Warwickshire Regiment was formed at Birmingham in September 1914 by the Lord Mayor and a local committee. On 26 June 1915 it came under the command of 95th Brigade, 32nd Division. On the 21 November 1915 Brigade landed at Boulogne and on 26 December 1915 was transferred to 15th Brigade, 5th Division. They moved to Italy with the Division in November 1917 but returned to France in April 1918.

In April 1917 Brigade were engaged in The Battle of Vimy this was a phase of the Battles of Arras. Henry was killed in action on 16th April 1917.He has no known grave and is remembered with honour on the Arras Memorial, Ba 3

 Image courtesy of Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Henry did not enter a theatre of war until at least 1916 and as such was only entitled to the British War Medal & Victory Medal.

 

References 

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

1891, 1901 & 1911 UK household census

Wikipedia.

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