Harry White

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Service number:
Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment)
Date of birth:
Date of death:
04 October 1917
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Known information

Harry White was born in Barrowden, the son of Henry White. He was a valet before enlisting in March 1916. He went out to France in July the following year with the 9th Battalion Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment). After fighting on the Somme and around Ypres, he was killed during the Battle of Poelcappelle, part of the Third Battle of Ypres (Passchendaele) by a shell on 4 October 1917. This was the day the British made a determined push to capture the ridge that lay before Passchendaele. The Foresters, part of 33rd Infantry Brigade, were ordered to attack towards the village of Poelcappelle and formed up in the darkness of the early morning. Zero hour was 6am but half an hour beforehand the Germans shelled the British positions causing "considerable casualties" to the Foresters' reserve Company. The British artillery opened up at 6am and the troops followed a creeping barrage as they advanced towards the enemy. The Foresters' war diary recounts how the troops had some difficulty keeping in formation owing to the darkness and soon encountered "fortified shell holes" some of which contained an enemy machine gun team. The troops were advancing up a slight rise and as the war diary explained: "After the first quarter of an hour rifles began to jam with mud and wet, otherwise more of the retiring enemy would have been killed. The enemy seemed disinclined to surrender but ran back when the advancing troops got within 20 yards, leaving their rifles behind. There was no fighting at close quarters." All objectives were taken but at some point during the fighting Harry White was killed. He has no known grave and so is remembered on Panel 100 of the Tyne Cot Memorial, as well as in Barrowden Church. After the war his widow Catherine E D McRoberts White was variously recorded as living in Mayfield Lodge, Trinity Road, Edinburgh and Dean Park House, Queensferry Road, Edinburgh. 

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A picture of his name on Tyne Cot Memorial, taken 12 September 2015.
By John Stokes on Sunday 6th December '15 at 11:10am
A Rutlander, living in Belgium

Rutland and The Battle of the Somme

More than 90 Rutland soldiers died in the Battle of the Somme which lasted from 1 July 1916 until the middle of November. Today they lie in cemeteries across the old battlefield in northern France or are remembered among the 72,000 names on the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing of the Somme. By using our interactive map, you can find out what happened to them.

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