Monday, April 09, 2012

Brothers Ernest & George White - Killed Together at Vimy Ridge April 1917


Ernest and George White, sons of Samuel George and Emily White 20 Lawn Road, Uxbridge, Middlesex, England. both 10th Company 4th Battalion Canadian Machine Corps, Canadian Expeditionary Force, killed on the attack on Vimy Ridge 11th April 1917.

All four White sons enlisted at Calgary in 1914, Ernest and George were "killed side by side in the line at Vimy Ridge".

A surviving Brother (Harry White) became a stationmaster in Ottawa and another brother lived in Vancouver, while a sister remained in England.

Tragedy hit the family again when the youngest brother (fifth) was killed in World War II

On retirement in 1956, Harry White of 63 Sweetland Avenue travelled to visit his remaining brother in Vancouver and his sister in England.

William (Walter?) Ernest White (age 20) Canadian cemetary No2 Neuville St Vaast born 18 July 1896 Killed 11 April 1917 Vimy Ridge

William George White (age 33) Givenchy Road Canadian Cemetery Neuville St Vaast born 27 January 1884 killed Vimy Ridge 11 April 1917

Herbert Samuel White
born 18 August 1888 Buckinghamshire, england
died 16 Feb 1962
 Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry enlisted May 1915
Buried  Forest Lawn Cemetery, Burnaby, British Columbia
Next of Kin in 1915 Emily White
1527 27th Avenue Calgary Alberta
 Herbert Samuel White Original overseas unit 56th Canadian Infantry Battalion. Joined the P.P.C.L.I. in the field June 10, 1916. Struck off strength July 2, 1917.
Compassionate discharge after the deaths of his brothers Cpl. William George White (434115) and Pvt. Walter Ernest White (434353) both of 10th Coy. Canadian Machine Gun Corps on April 11, 1917 at Vimy Ridge.  Returned to Canada where first born child (December 25, 1918) was named Patricia after the battalion.  Worked as a mail carrier in Vancouver until retirement.  Died 1962.  Daughter Betty served with the Canadian Army as a nursing sister in England while Son Victor served in Royal Canadian Air Force during second world war.

1919 Clagary Herald

WHITE, Geroge and Ernest - In loving memory of George and Ernest White killed in action at

Vimy Ridge, 9th April 1917 (Poem) Inserted by their loving brother, H.S. White 1622 n52p0737

Twenty-eighth avenue southwest, Calgary.