Randolph Wilbur White

 

Photo of tunic supplied by it's owner, Les Donnithorne, and reproduced here wth his permission

Nov 3, 1894

Born at Pembroke Ontario

 

Nov 10, 1914

Attested at Kingston Ontario into the 21st Battalion 

      Appointed rank of Lieutenant

      Next of Kin given as Mrs AJ White of Pembroke Ontario

      Occupation “Law Student”

      Stated to be single

      Previous military service given as “Ashbury & UCC Cadets”

      Religion given as “Wesleyan”

 

Apr 20, 1915

Medical performed by Capt KE Cooke at Kingston Ontario

 

May 6, 1915

Embarked SS Metagama for England

  

 

May 24, 1915

Attended Colt Machine Gun class until Jun 5

 

Sep 15, 1915

Proceeded to France

 

Dec 24, 1915

Seconded for duty with the 4th Brigade Machine Gun Company

 

Jan 13, 1916

Admitted to Divisional Rest Station at Mt Noir, with Bronchitis

 

Jan 19, 1916

Discharged to duty from Rest Station

 

Feb 9, 1916

Admitted to Divisional Rest Station at Mt Noir, with Lumbago

 

Feb 12, 1916

Discharged to duty from Rest Station

 

Apr 23, 1916

Admitted to No 6 Canadian Field Ambulance, then transferred to No 5 Canadian Field Ambulance with Influenza

 

Apr 25, 1916

Transferred to North Midland Casualty Clearing station

 

May 9, 1916

Discharged to duty

 

Jun 2, 1916

Proceeded to England for attachment to Royal Flying Corps

 

Jun 5, 1916

Seconded to Royal Flying Corps, (seniority as Flying Officer, Observer begins) and shown on course

 

Jul 29, 1916

Admitted to West Cliff Canadian Eye and Ear Hospital at Folkstone with acute Tonsillitis (Neurasthenia) and posted to the General List

 

Aug 14, 1916

Attended a Medical Board at Shorncliffe Canadian Casualty Assembly Center (CCAC) 

      Reported as being recovered from Tonsillitis but is now run down and suffering from hives

      Address noted as 104 Durning Road, Edgehill, Liverpool

      Declared to be unfit for 3 weeks

 

Sep 19, 1916

Proceeded to France as Observer, Royal Flying Corps

 

Nov 15, 1916

Appointed Flying Officer, Observer, with seniority from June 5, 1916

 

Jan 25, 1917

Reported wounded and taken prisoner – From medical report 

      “Was taken prisoner Jan 25th, 1917 in France.  From lack of food, confinement, and exposure, his health gradually failed.  The day that he was taken prisoner, was wounded at a height of 13,500 ft and the aeroplane came down out of control.  This officer was picked up under extreme edge of left wing, and remained unconscious for four days.”

 

Feb 25, 1917

Appointed Temporary Captain Canadian Machine Gun Corps (LG No 21360)

 

Mar 24, 1917

Reported POW and being held at Karlsruhe, Baden, Germany

 

Oct 9, 1917

Now reported being held at Schwarmstedt, Germany

 

Oct 16, 1917

Now reported being held at Holzminden, Germany

 

Apr 9, 1918

Now reported being held at Bad Colberg, Germany

 

Nov 30, 1918

Repatriated to England

 

Dec 4, 1918

Relinquishes appointment with RAF on ceasing to be employed.  (at this point he would revert to rank of Lieut from Flying Officer, Observer, and assume the previously granted rank of Temporary Captain) and TOS Eastern Ontario Regiment Depot

 

Dec 10, 1918

SOS on transfer to CEF in Canada and embarked SS Melita for Canada - Taken on Strength (TOS) #2 District Depot Toronto

  

 

Dec 18, 1918

Disembarked in Canada

 

Dec 26, 1918

Medical report at Exhibition Camp Toronto reports the following: 

      Rank; Captain

      Address 440 Avenue Rd, Toronto Ontario

      Next of Kin given as Mrs R (Mary) White (wife) of same address

      Weight 128 lbs (weight noted in 1914 was 156 lbs)

       Tattoos on right and left arms – 1915

      disability noted as “Moderate general body weakness and partial loss of functions of kidneys”

      muscles noted as flabby and lacked tone

      appears nervous and has poor concentration

      sleeps poorly

      mandible grates on movement and “catches” when he eats – a result of a machine gun bullet wound

      small pieces of shrapnel are still found in shoulder from machine gun wounds 

Found to be unfit for service

 

Jan 13, 1919

Admitted to Spadina Military Hospital 

      Diagnosed with general debility

      Granted 1 month leave from Jan 22, 1919

      Address noted as 440 Avenue Road, Toronto

      Several hand written reports from doctors, which are had to decipher, but generally refer to test results with little treatment

      Transferred to St Andrews Hospital, Toronto on Jul 4, 1919

 

Jul 4, 1919

Admitted to St Andrews Hospital, Toronto Ontario 

      Complains of inability to concentrate and irritability, lack of sleep and loss of appetite, palpitation of heart and general weakness

      Symptoms caused by time as Prisoner of War in Germany

      Granted 2 months leave

      Discharged from hospital October 3, 1919

 

Sep 17, 1919

Doctors recommend discharge to civilian life

 

Oct 1, 1919

Medical report at St Andrews Hospital Toronto Ontario 

      Height 5’ 9”, weight 134 lbs (weight noted in 1914 was 156 lbs

      RAF Regimental Crest, 1915, tattooed on right and left arms

      Original disease recorded as “Malnutrition when a prisoner in Germany”

      Shows difficulty in concentrating, sleeps poorly and becomes nauseated and very weak playing 4 games of tennis

      Probable duration of disability – 1 year

      Treatment – Hospital in Canada for 5 months

      Recommend discharge from CEF as “Medically unfit for service”

 

Nov 17, 1919

Struck Off Strength (SOS) the CEF as “Medically Unfit”

 

Feb 8, 1922

British War Medal and Victory Medal sent to 532 St Clair Ave W, Toronto Ontario

 

Dec 15, 1928

Deceased

 
Wesley United Church Cemetery
Pembroke ON

 

Feb 26, 1931

Statement of “Record of Service” prepared

 

 

NOTE:  There is a notation of a “cross” being sent by the Air Ministry to both his widow, Mrs Marguerite White at 45 Park Road, W, Dulwich, London SE 21, England, and to his mother, Mrs Mary White, c/o Peter White Esq., KC, Lumsden Bldg., Adelaide St., Toronto Ontario. 

The date for this is not completely readable from the copy provided, although I believe it to be September 27, 1932. 

This is not normally done unless death is caused from a soldier’s war wounds, and recorded in the file as such.  I could find no such notation. 

 

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