Frederick Arthur White

Dec 17, 1883

Born in Middlesex, England


Dec 15, 1914

Enlisted in the PWOR (Princess of Wales Own Rifles)

Ø  Number 2095

Ø  Assigned as a band member




Mar 6, 1915

Attested into the 21st Battalion CEF in Kingston, Ontario

Ø  Number 60052 (temporary number 1266)

Ø  Next of kin given as Mrs. Maud White, wife, 264 Johnson St., Kingston, Ontario

Ø  Previous occupation given as Tailor

Ø  Previous military service given as 14th PWOR (Princess of Wales Own Rifles) for 4 months

o   RCHA (Royal Canadian Horse Artillery) Band for 3 years

o   4th Dragoon Guards for 12 years, and served abroad for 8 years

Ø  Religion given as Church of England

Ø  Assigned to the Depot Company

o   Employed in the Brass and Bugle Bands

The battalion trained in the Kingston area through the winter with headquarters in the Kingston Armouries


May 6, 1915

Embarked the RMS Metagama in Montreal, Quebec


May 15, 1915

Disembarked in Devonport, England and the battalion proceeded to the West Sandling Camp, near Hythe, Kent to continue training


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St. Seiriol in Folkestone


Sep 15, 1915

Disembarked in Boulogne, France and the battalion proceeded to St. Omer


Apr 28, 1916

Admitted to the No. 5 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) with a diagnosis that reads Right Inguinal Hernia. 


Apr 29, 1916

Discharged to duty from the field ambulance


May 8, 1916

Admitted to the No. 5 Canadian Field Ambulance with a diagnosis that reads Defective Vision.  He was later transferred to the No. 15 Casualty Clearing Station and classified as TB (Temporary Base) meaning that he was temporarily unfit for combat duty.  Later in the day he was transferred to the Divisional Rest Station Ophthalmic Centre


May 12, 1916

TOS the Canadian Base Depot in the Rouelles Camp, Havre, France


Jun 24, 1916

Granted 7 days leave


Aug 8, 1916

After leaving the base depot, Private White joined the 2nd Canadian Entrenching Battalion in the Halifax Camp near Brandhoek, Belgium


Sep 17, 1916

After leaving the entrenching battalion he rejoined the 21st Battalion during the attack on the sugar refinery, south of Courcelette, France.  It was here that he went missing in action


Sep 29, 1916

Officially reported as Missing in Action and assumed Killed in Action


Nov 16, 1916

Now reported unofficially as Prisoner of War at Dulmen

Ø  Later reported that he was blown up and buried before being captured.

Ø  Also suffered a gun shot wound to his left wrist

Ø  Also stated that he was forced to work in a coal mine under very severe conditions while held prisoner

Ø  He was admitted to a German hospital in September 1917 and operated on for a hernia caused by hard labour

Ø  The surgery healed slowly and he had to remain in hospital until December 1917


Nov 24, 1916

Now officially reported POW at Dulmen


Jan 17, 1917

Now reported as POW at Fredricksfield


Dec 8, 1918

TOS Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot as a repatriated POW on arrival at Ripon


Feb 10, 1919

Posted to the 6th Reserve Battalion in Seaford


May 13, 1919

Medical Report at Seaford

Ø  Date of birth given as December 17, 1882

Ø  Home address given as 24 Russell St. Kingston Ontario

Ø  Height estimated at 5’ 5¼”

Ø  2 hernia scars noted

Ø  Myopia in both eyes (near sightedness) noted as a problem prior to enlistment

Ø  Rapid heartbeat caused by treatment as a POW

Ø  Complains of weakness and shortness of breath

Ø  Board recommends that he be returned to Canada


May 21, 1919

Posted to Military District 3 Wing, Kinmel Park pending return to Canada


Jun 2, 1919

Embarked the SS Lapland in Liverpool


Jun 9, 1919

Disembarked in Halifax, Nova Scotia and proceeded to Kingston, Ontario


Jun 11, 1919

Discharged from the CEF in Kingston Ontario

Ø  Rank on discharge Private

Ø  War Service Badge Class “A”, number 278893

Ø  No scars are noted on Discharge Certificate while on attestation there were several scars noted

Ø  Proposed address on discharge – General Delivery, Quebec City, Quebec

Ø  Granted 183 days War Service Gratuity

Following the war, the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to him at 41 Richelieu St., Quebec City, Quebec (shown below)




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