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George WHITE

Regimental number2032
Place of birthBelfast, Co Antrim, Ireland
ReligionRoman Catholic
Address392 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Height5' 6"
Weight146 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs A White, 9 Elmfered Street, Crumlan Road, Belfast, Ireland
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date1 October 1914
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit nameField Ambulance 4, Section A
AWM Embarkation Roll number26/47/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board Transport A35 Berrima on 22 December 1914
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll4th Machine Gun Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 1 April 1919

Military Medal

'Private WHITE was conspicuous fro continuous good work and devotion to duty at POZIERES while employed as "Runner" from 5th - 15th August, 1916. This man performed his duties without a rest and without once failing to deliver all messages through the very heavy enemy barrages.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 62
Date: 19 April 1917

Discharge date30 May 1919
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Embarked Melbourne on HMAT 'Berrima', 22 December 1914.

Disembarked Alexandria, 22 July 1915, and admitted to Greek Hospital (sprained ankle); transferred to Convalescent Depot, Mustapha, 7 August 1915; to Convalescent Camp, Mustapha, 10 August 1915; to Base Details, Mustapha, 30 August 1915; admitted to 19th General Hospital, Alexandria, 12 September 1915.

Disembarked Alexandria from HMT 'Ansonia', 10 January 1916 (general Gallipoli evacuation); detached to 12th Battalion Headquarters, 1 April 1916. Transferred to 45th Battalion and taken on strength , 3 May 1916.

Found guilty at Serapeum, 3 May 1916, of overstaying leave, 12.00 am, 26 April, to 9.00 pm, 28 April 1916: awarded 7 days' confinement to barracks; forfeited total of 7 days' pay. Transferred to 12th Machine Gun Company and taken on strength, 30 May 1916.

Embarked Alexandria on HMT 'Kingstonian' and proceeded to join the British Expeditionary Force, 2 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, 11 June 1916.

Found guilty in the field, 3 September 1916, of refusing to obey an order whilst on active service, 2 September 1916: awarded 21 days' Field Punishment No 2; awarded the Military Medal, 4 October 1916.

Found guilty by Field General Court Martial, 31 October 1916, of being absent whilst on active service, 11.00 am, 27 October, to 7.30 am, 28 October 1916: sentenced to 7 days' Field Punishment No 2; forfeited total of 10 days' pay; marched into No 1 Command Depot, Perham Downs, under escort, 20 February 1917; moved out from Perham Downs, 20 February 1917.

Admitted to 1st Australian Dermatological Hospital, Bulford, 21 February 1917 (syphilis); transferred to Parkhouse Military Hospital, 19 March 1917; discharged to duty, 30 April 1917 (total period of treatment for venereal disease: 69 days); marched into No 1 Command Depot, Perham Downs, 1 May 1917; moved out from Command Depot, 1 May 1917; marched into Drafting Depot, Perham Downs, 2 May 1917.

Marched into Australian General Base Depot, Rouelles, 11 June 1917; moved out from Rouelles, 15 June 1917; marched into Machine Gun Base Depot, Camiers, 16 June 1917. Proceeded to England through Etaples, 21 June 1917; marched into No 1 Command Depot, Perham Downs, from Overseas Training Brigade, 22 August 1917.

Found guilty at Perham Downs, 27 August 1917, of (1) irregular conduct in that he was smoking in the ranks during parade, and (2) making a false statement to an officer, 27 August 1917: awarded 5 days' Field Punishment No 2. Found guilty at Perham Downs, 22 September 1917, of being absent without leave, 12.00 pm, 16 September 1917, to 8.30 pm, 19 September 1917: awarded 3 days' Field Punishment No 2; forfeited total of 9 days' pay. Found guilty by District Court Martial held at Perham Downs, 31 May 1917, of (1) deserting His Majesty's service in that he absented himself from 15 February, to 17 February 1917, and (2) escaping confinement upon being arrested, 3 April 1917: sentenced to 180 days' detention; forfeited total of 285 days' pay.

Declared an illegal absentee by Court of Inquiry, Perham Downs, 25 October 1917. Found guilty by District Court Martial held at Sutton Veny, 12 January 1918, of being absent without leave, 3 October 1917, until surrendering at Islington, 24 January 1918: sentenced to 10 months' detention; forfeited total of 429 days' pay; marched under escort into Overseas Training Brigade, Deverill, 26 February 1918; marched into Lewes Detention Barracks, 28 February 1918; discharged from detention, 5 December 1918; marched into No 1 Command Depot, Sutton Veny, 6 December 1918; granted 75 days' paid leave, 18 December 1918; marched into No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 8 March 1919.

Embarked Avonmouth on HT 'Shropshire' and commenced return to Australia, 1 April 1919; disembarked 3rd Military District, 16 May 1919. Discharged Melbourne, 30 May 1919.

Medals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, WHITE George

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