George Patrick White

Aug 25, 1896

Born in Chatham, England


Nov 6, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion CEF in Kingston, Ontario

Ø  Number 60054 (temporary number 820)

Ø  Next of kin given as Mrs. Sarah Ferguson, Hagerman St., Port Hope, Ontario

Ø  Previous occupation given as Farmer

Ø  No previous military experience given

Ø  Religion given as Wesleyan

Ø  Assigned to “G” Company

o   This was later reorganized into “D” Company

Ø  Employed as a member of the battalion’s Bugle Band

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


Nov 5, 1915

Fined $40.00 for the loss of his rifle


Jan 7, 1916

Admitted to the No. 5 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) with a diagnosis that reads Influenza and transferred to the Divisional Rest Station at Godewaersvelde, Belgium


Jan 10, 1916

Transferred to the No. 2 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station) for further treatment


Jan 18, 1916

Private George Patrick White died of Broncho Pneumonia while a patient at the No. 2 Casualty Clearing Station and was buried in the Bailleul Communal Cemetery Extension.  The 21st Battalion’s War Diary records his death, although not by name, as being the “first case of death from disease”.


Following the war, the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to his brother, F. White, 5 Hooper’s Road, Rochester, Kent, England

The Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny) and Scroll were sent to his father, James White, c/o Frederick White, at the same address

There is no record of a Memorial Cross being issued


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