Harold White - 31 March 1914
Harold White – 31 March 1914

Harold White (c1881–1918) was Private (260770) in the 1st County of London Yeomanry (Middlesex Duke of Cambridge Hussars) of the Household Cavalry and Cavalry of the Line. He died on 20 July 1916 of phthisis (pulmonary tuberculosis) while serving in Egypt, and his death is recorded in the Alexandria (Hadra) War Memorial Cemetery in Egypt.

His younger brother, Robert Marking White, is also commemorated on the family grave.

Harold was born in about 1881 in Holloway, London. He was the third of eight children born to Robert White and Ellen White (née Marking). He was baptised together with his younger sister, Mabel, on 10 November 1884 at St Ann’s Church, Tottenham, London. Harold was a fishmonger like his father. He married Agnes Mary Austin on 11 July 1909 at St Luke’s Church, Shepherd’s Bush, Middlesex. They both gave their address as 8 Orchard Road, which may have been an address of convenience. They had three daughters: Dorothy Ellen (1912–?); Mildred I (1915–65); and Clarice Betty (1916–96). Harold and Agnes moved to 235 Sandycombe Road, Richmond, Surrey by which time Agnes was assisting Harold with his business.

Harold enlisted in Chelsea, London as Private (260770) in the 1st County of London Yeomanry (Middlesex Duke of Cambridge Hussars) of the Household Cavalry and Cavalry of the Line. He died on 20 July 1918 in Egypt of phthisis (pulmonary tuberculosis). He was entitled to the Victory medal and British War medal.

After Harold’s death his widow, Agnes, struggled to cope with daily life. She gave up the family business and became socially isolated. Her daughters were sent to an all-girls day school by the Masons (as Harold had been a Mason) and were told very little about their father. During the Second World War the family were forced to re-locate to the Barnstaple area of Devon as a result of the German bombing raids. They were given a modern council house. Clarice, the youngest daughter, continued to look after her mother until her death in 1967.

White grave
White grave

 

 

Location : 52.203060, 0.13683439 – click here for location

Parish : St Andrew the Great

See family grave page for more information

 

 

 

 

 

Sources:
War Graves Photographic Project
www.forces-war-records.co.uk
www.ancestry.co.uk
http://www.roll-of-honour.com/Cambridgeshire/CambridgeStLukes.html
Census returns for England: 1841, 1851, 1861, 1871, 1881, 1891, 1901, 1911
England & Wales, FreeBMD Birth Index, 1837–1915
England & Wales, FreeBMD Marriage Index, 1837–1915
London, England, Marriages and Banns, 1754–1921
England & Wales, FreeBMD Death Index, 1837–1915
England & Wales, Death Index, 1916–2007
England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858–1966
UK, Soldiers Died in the Great War, 1914–1919
UK, Commonwealth War Graves, 1914–1921
Web: International, Find a Grave Index

Communications from Tamsin Yarnall, great granddaughter of Harold White

By Emma Easterbrook and Ian Bent

Harold White