Lance Corporal Henry Charles White

Thank you to Lenka Cathersides for the following research.

Henry Charles White was born on the 27th of December 1896 in Chelsea, London to Police Inspector Arthur Herbert Samuel White and Ellen Esther Susan White nee Moxham.

Henry‘s father Arthur Herbert Samuel White was born on the 30th of October 1871 in Westbourne Grove, London to cabinet maker Thomas and Maria White, born about 1829 in Norfolk. His mother Ellen Esther Susan Moxham was born in the 4th quarter of 1870 in Newdigate, Surrey to labourer Charles, born about 1846 in Wiltshire and Esther Susan born about 1846 in Newdigate. Arthur and Ellen married by Banns, on the 8th of April 1894 at the St John the Evangelist’s Church, Kensal Green. At the time of their marriage Arthur was working as a Police Constable and lived in College Park, London. Ellen lived in Harlesden, London. Arthur White joined the Metropolitan Police B Division on the 5th of March 1894 at New Scotland Yard.

Henry Charles had one brother: Arthur Thomas born about 1895 in Chelsea, London.

Henry White 1901 Census © findmypast.co.uk

At the time of the 1901 Census, the family lived at 151 Keppel Street, Chelsea. Arthur was working as a Police Constable and Ellen was at home looking after their sons: Arthur and Henry.

Henry White 1908 School Admission Register © Hackney Archives findmypast.co.uk

On the 15th of September 1908 Henry enlisted into the London County Council Hackney Downs School. At the time of his admission, the family lived in London and his father Arthur was working as a Police Sergeant. The previous school Henry attended was the Wilton Road Higher Grade School. In 1911 Henry passed the London Junior School Examination. He left the Hackney Downs School on the 28th of February 1913 and became a junior clerk in Insurance Company.

On the 25th of February 1911 Arthur was promoted to Police Inspector.

Henry White 1911 Census © findmypast.co.uk

At the time of the 1911 Census, the family lived at 17 Kellet House, Kings Cross in London. Arthur was still working as a Police Inspector and Ellen was at home. The household further comprised of Arthur’s mother, the widowed Maria and his sons: grocer’s clerk Arthur and scholar Henry. Ellen stated that she had given birth to four sons. The accommodation had four rooms.

Henry White enlisted in London into the 11th Battalion, the King’s Royal Rifle Corps. At the time of his enlistment he resided at Regent’s Park. He became a Lance Corporal and his regimental number was: R/18238.

Henry was killed in action on the 11th of August 1917 in Belgium.

Henry White Railway Dugouts Burial Ground Roll of Honour © CWGC.org

He was exhumed and reburied at the Railway Dugouts Burial Ground (Transport Farm), Zillebeke in Belgium. His grave reference number is: I.L.6. His body was identified by titles and a spoon. The headstone bears the inscription: “Blessed are the Death Which Die in The Lord”.

Henry White Medal Roll Index Card © ancestry.co.uk
Henry White British War Medal and Victory Medal Award Roll © ancestry.co.uk

He received the British War and Victory medals.

Henry White Soldiers Effects © ancestry.co.uk

Henry’s father Arthur received £4, 18s and 7d on the 2nd of February 1918 and a further £6, 10s on the 3rd of December 1919 in Soldier’s Effects.

On the 17th of October 1921, Police Inspector Arthur resigned from the S -Hampstead Division. He was given a pension of £281, 15s and 4d per annum. He stated that he intended to reside at The Limes, Blackbrook in Holmwood, Surrey. He had dark greying hair, dark brown eyes and a fresh complexion.

Arthur White died on the 24th of November 1934 and was buried on the 28th of November at the St Mary’s in Holmwood. He left to his wife Ellen and his son, commercial clerk Arthur £1132 and 17s in the Probate.

Son of                         Arthur Herbert Samuel and Ellen Esther Susan White

Regiment                     11th Battalion. The King’s Royal Rifle Corps
Number                        R/18238

Date of Death              11th August 1917
Place of Death             Belgium
Cause of Death            Killed in action

Age                              20

Cemetery                     Railway Dugouts Burial Ground (Transport Farm), Zillebeke, Belgium