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John James WHITE

Regimental number4802
Place of birthBaringhup, Victoria
AddressBriagolong, Gippsland, Victoria
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation28
Height5' 11"
Weight151 lbs
Next of kinWife, Mrs Lilian I White, Briagolong, Gippsland, Victoria
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date11 February 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll10 February 1916
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name22nd Battalion, 12th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/39/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A14 Euripides on 4 April 1916
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll22nd Battalion
FateKilled in Action 3 May 1917
Place of death or woundingBullecourt, France
Age at death29
Place of burialQueant Road Cemetery (Plot VIII, Row B, Grave No 28A), Buissy, France
Commemoration detailsAustralian National Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux, France

Villers-Bretonneux is a village about 15 km east of Amiens. The Memorial stands on the high ground ('Hill 104') behind the Villers-Bretonneux Military Cemetery, Fouilloy, which is about 2 km north of Villers-Bretonneux on the east side of the road to Fouilloy.

The Australian National Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux is approached through the Military Cemetery, at the end of which is an open grass lawn which leads into a three-sided court. The two pavilions on the left and right are linked by the north and south walls to the back (east) wall, from which rises the focal point of the Memorial, a 105 foot tall tower, of fine ashlar. A staircase leads to an observation platform, 64 feet above the ground, from which further staircases lead to an observation room. This room contains a circular stone tablet with bronze pointers indicating the Somme villages whose names have become synonymous with battles of the Great War; other battle fields in France and Belgium in which Australians fought; and far beyond, Gallipoli and Canberra.

On the three walls, which are faced with Portland stone, are the names of 10,885 Australians who were killed in France and who have no known grave. The 'blocking course' above them bears the names of the Australian Battle Honours.

After the war an appeal in Australia raised £22,700, of which £12,500 came from Victorian school children, with the request that the majority of the funds be used to build a new school in Villers-Bretonneux. The boys' school opened in May 1927, and contains an inscription stating that the school was the gift of Victorian schoolchildren, twelve hundred of whose fathers are buried in the Villers-Bretonneux cemetery, with the names of many more recorded on the Memorial. Villers-Bretonneux is now twinned with Robinvale, Victoria, which has in its main square a memorial to the links between the two towns.

Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Arabella Beddoe White and the late Charles White; Wife: Lillian Isabella White, 'Durban', Foster Street, Aspendale, Victoria
Other details

War service: Western Front

Proceeded overseas to France from England, 5 September 1916; taken on strength, 22nd Bn, in the field, 20 September 1916.

Appointed Lance Corporal, 4 December 1916.

Promoted Temporary Corporal, 13 December 1916.

Promoted Corporal,, 7 January 1917.

Promoted Sergeant, 24 January 1917.

Reverted to Lance Corporal at own request, 17 February 1917.

Killed in action, 3 May 1917.

Originally listed as 'No known grave' and recorded on the Australian National Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux. Grave discovered in 1994.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, WHITE John James

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