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Geoffrey Wilfred WHITE

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Surname: WHITE

Forename(s): Geoffrey Wilfred

Place of Birth: Hornsey, Middlesex

Service No: ---

Rank: 2nd Lieutenant

Regiment / Corps / Service: Rifle Brigade (The Prince Consort’s Own)

Battalion / Unit: 10th (Service) Battalion

Division: 20th (Light) Division

Age: 20

Date of Death: 1917-04-01

Awards: ---

CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: II. E. 60.


CWGC Memorial: ---

Non-CWGC Burial: ---

Local War Memorial(s): Not Listed (View Names Not Listed on a Local War Memorial)

Additional Information:

Geoffrey Wilfred White (born January 1897) was the son of Wilfred Walter and Mary White, née Winder. Wilfred was born at Islington, London and Mary at Long Preston, Yorkshire.

1901 Hornsey, Middlesex Census: 'Southernhay', Southern Road - Geoffrey W. White, aged 4 years, born Hornsey, son of Wilfred W. and Mary White.

1911 Hornsey, Middlesex Census: 'Southernhay', Southern Road, Muswell Hill, N. - Geoffrey Wilfred White, aged 14 years, born Hornsey, son of Wilfred Walter and Mary White.

British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: 2 Lieut/Capt Geoffrey Wilfred White, 10th Rif. Brig. Theatre of War first served in: France. D. of W. 1.4.17. Correspondence: W.W. White Esq. (Father) Southernhay, Peperharow Rd., Godalming.

British Army WW1 Medal and Award Rolls: Capt G. W. White, Rif. Brig. D. of W. 1.4.17.

Army Registers of Soldiers' Effects: 2/Lt G.W. White, 6 att. 10th Bn Rifle Bde. Date and Place of Death: 1.7.16 [sic]. Of wounds. To whom Authorised/Amount Authorised: Father - Wilfred Walter White. £69 19s. 9d.

Geoffrey is commemorated on Christ's College, Cambridge War Memorial,

Data Source: Memorial Inscription on Family Gravestone


Entry in West Yorkshire Pioneer Illustrated War Record: ---


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Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Rifle Brigade (The Prince Consort’s Own)

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Rifle Brigade (The Prince Consort’s Own)

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 20th (Light) Division

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 20th (Light) Division

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Surname: WHITE

Forename(s): Geoffrey Wilfred





Rank: 2/Lt

Regiment: Rifle Brigade (The Prince Consort's Own)

Battalion: 6th Battalion (Att 10th Bn)


Died Date: 01/04/17

Died How: Died of wounds

Theatre of War:


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Surname: WHITE

Forename(s): Geoffrey Wilfred

Country of Service:

Service Number:

Rank: Captain

Regiment: Rifle Bigade

Unit: 6th Bn.

Age: 20 years old


Died Date: 01 April 1917

Additional Information: Son of Wilfred Walter and Mary White, of Southerhay, Godalming, Surrey. Scholar of Christ's College, Cambridge. (CWGC Headstone Personal Inscription: SCHOLAR OF CHRIST'S COLLEGE, CAMBRIDGE "SOUVENT ME SOUVIENT")

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DE RUVIGNY'S ROLL OF HONOUR 1914-1918 – Part Three

WHITE, GEOFFREY WILFRED, 2nd Lieut., 6th (Reserve), attd. 10th (Service) Battn. The Rifle Brigade (The Prince Consort’s Own), s. of Wilfred Walter White, of Southernhay, Fortis Green, London, N., Sub-Manager, Royal Exchange Assurance Company, by his wife, Mary, dau. of John Winder; b. Highgate, London, N., Jan. 1897; educ. Highgate School where he was a member of the O.T.C., attaining the rank of Sergt.-Major; obtained an open scholarship at Christ’s College, Cambridge, but as soon as he had entered was gazetted 2nd Lieut. 6th Battn. The Rifle Brigade 21 Sept. 1915; served with the Expeditionary Force in France and Flanders from May, 1916, being attached to the 10th Battn. of his Regt., and died at a Casualty Clearing Station 1 April, 1917, from wounds received in action the previous day, when he was struck by a stray shell while going round his line, as his men were digging themselves in after a successful attack, being in command of a company at the time. Buried at Bray-sur-Somme. His Colonel wrote: “He was one of the very bravest officers I have seen, and was always doing gallant things. I can say this as I have known him since he joined, and was with him through Guillemont. I recommended him to my Commanding Officer for a Military Cross for his gallantry on this occasion. His name was sent in, but unfortunately without result. Since then he did many others; only the other day he, as Coy. Commander, was ordered to send out a patrol to find out at all costs if a place was occupied; he went himself, and during the big attack on the day he was hit everyone spoke of the splendid way he led his men. His loss is felt by us all–officers and men–very greatly.” He was good at sport, and while at school was a member of the cricket and football teams; unm.




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