Lionel Rodney "Roddy" White

Aug 31, 1894

Born in Lakefield, Ontario to Henry and Evelyne (nee Ailing) White


Feb 18, 1916

Attested into the 93rd Battalion CEF in Peterborough, Ontario

Ø  Number 195740

Ø  Next of kin given as Henry White, father, Apsley, Ontario

Ø  Previous occupation given as Farmer

Ø  No previous military experience given

Ø  Religion given as Church of England

Ø  Posted to “C” Company

Initial training was done in Peterborough, Ontario


May 29, 1916

The battalion boarded a train and proceeded to Kingston, Ontario to continue training at the Barriefield Camp


Jul 15, 1916

Embarked the Empress of Britain in Halifax, Nova Scotia



Jul 25, 1916

Disembarked in Liverpool, England and proceeded to the Otterpool Camp


Jul 31, 1916

Appointed to the rank of Lance Corporal


Oct 6, 1916

Transferred to the 39th Reserve Battalion at West Sandling


Oct 7, 1916

Reverted to the rank of Private at his own request


Oct 28, 1916

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Nov 3, 1916

Arrived at the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) in the Rouelles Camp, Havre, France as part of a draft of 134 reinforcements from England and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Nov 21, 1916

After leaving the base depot, Private White joined the 2nd Canadian Entrenching Battalion in Hersin, France as part of a draft of 62 reinforcements destined to join the 21st Battalion


Dec 12, 1916

After leaving the entrenching battalion, Private Lionel White joined the 21st Battalion in the front line trenches west of Lens, France


Dec 26, 1916

Proceeded on the Lewis Gun Course


Jan 1, 1917

Rejoined the battalion from the Lewis Gun Course


Nov 9, 1917

While on the Passchendaele Front, Private Lionel Rodney White was sent out on a work party under the command of Lieutenant Maloney.  An enemy artillery shell landed in the middle of a group of men, killing several, including Private White.  His body could not be located or identified and his name is listed on the walls of the Menin Gate in Ypres, Belgium for those killed during the war in Belgium and have no known grave.


Following the war, the British War Medal, Victory Medal, Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny) and Scroll were sent to his father, Henry White, Apsley, Ontario

The Memorial Cross was sent to his mother, Mrs. Eva White, at the same address


Peterborough Examiner, December 12, 1917 

Lionel Rodney White is honoured on the Peterborough, Ontario War Memorial



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