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Alfred Frederick WHITE

Regimental number16644
Place of birthWiltshire England
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationCustoms officer
AddressSydney, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation24
Next of kinMother, Mrs Emily White, 32 High Street, Newport, Isle of Wight, England
Enlistment date6 October 1916
Rank on enlistmentSapper
Unit nameDecember 1916 Reinforcements
AWM Embarkation Roll number14/42/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A67 Orsova on 2 December 1916
Rank from Nominal RollLance Corporal
Unit from Nominal Roll2nd Field Company Engineers
FateReturned to Australia 22 September 1919

Military Medal

'During the operations south of PASSCHENDAELE on 26th October, 1917 he was employed on the construction of a strong point at the most advanced point of our final objective. To reach the site the parties pased through heavy barrage fire and over three miles of almost impassible country. Whilst on the work, which was continuously bombarded with heavy calibre shells, this sapper took charge of a section of the constructional work and by his magnificent example of courage and devotion and self sacrifice he inspired his comrades with great confidence and so contributed in no small degree to the successful completion of a valuable defence work. When his officer was wounded he immediately volunteered to carry him back three miles through mud and shell fire.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 95
Date: 27 June 1918

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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