George’s name is not recorded on Southampton Cenotaph as he lived in Sholing, which was not part of the Borough of Southampton at the time the names on the Cenotaph were being collated. George is one of several hundred names of Southampton’s WW1 Fallen who have now been added to the new Memorial Wall.
George was born in Canford, Dorset in 1884 and he was the son of William and Eliza Ann White (nee Gallop). He married Annie Louise Brown at South Stoneham, Southampton in the spring of 1910. In 1911, George’s wife Annie and their 2 month old were living at Malvern, Butts Road, Sholing although George was not at home at the time of the census. George and Annie had 3 children and continued to live in Sholing.
George enlisted with the Hampshire Regiment (Service No. 243171) and was later transferred to the Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry where he was serving as part of the territorial force. George was killed in action aged 33 years on 11th September 1917 during the 3rd Battle of Ypres. His wife was notified that he had been killed in action with the British Expeditionary Force in France by a letter sent from the Territorial Force Records Office in Warwick on 27th September 1917. At the time the family were living at 1 Ivy Villa, Butts Road, Sholing.
The Commanding Officer of the 2nd/1st Battalion, Captain Stubbs, wrote a letter of sympathy to George’s wife a few days after George’s death which explained that he had been killed during a bombardment on 11th September and that he had been struck down by a piece of shell. He continued:
“It is a great blow to lose such a good man as he was absolutely fearless in the execution of his duties and was respected by all ranks in the company”.
The photograph of George is taken from a postcard sent “To Dolly with love from George” and the photograph of George’s grave in the New Irish Farm Cemetery, Belgium. Both photographs and additional information has been provided by George’s grandson, Ivan White, Mayor of Southampton in 2013, and his mother Ivy White who was Mayor of Southampton in 1987.