Percy Albert White

Date of birth: 1883
Place of birth: Southampton
Date of marriage: 9th June 1905
Place of marriage: Southampton
Service No.: 98175
Rank: Private
Regiment: Royal Army Medical Corps
Battalion: 2nd / 1st North Midland Field Ambulance
Died: 1st December 1917 aged 34 years
Death location: France

 

Life before the War
Percy was born in 1883 Southampton and was the youngest of 6 children. His parents were Albert John and Matilda,  nee Maylon, who married 31st January 1864 Southampton.  Albert was born 1844 and died 1911, Matilda was born 1843 in Kent and died 1897.

Percy’s 5 older siblings were:

Alice Amelia b.1864

Henry Stephen b.1866 and d.1941

Ernest Alfred b.1870 and d.1932

Annie Matilda b. 1872

Frederick Thomas b.1875

In the 1891, 1901 and 1911 censuses the family were living at 45 Bedford Place, Southampton, which was a Shop.

In 1891 Albert was a Confectioner and his wife worked with him, Ernest was a Compositor whilst Annie and Frederick were both working as Confectioner’s Assistants.

By 1901 Albert was a widower, working as a Shopkeeper and Beer Retailer, which was his own account.  Annie Matilda was a Shop Assistant and Percy was a Waiter.

Albert was living by himself and running the shop at the time of the 1911 census.

Percy was married to Hilda May, nee Standen, on 9th June 1905

By 1911 Percy was married to Hilda May nee Standen.  Hilda was born in 1885 in Ringwood, Hampshire.  They married on 9th June 1905.  In this year they were living at 29 Oxford Street, Shirley, Southampton with their 3 sons:

Albert James born 4th January 1906

Frederick Thomas born 13th June 1909

Percy Henry born 16th September 1912. They were living at 29 Oxford Street, Shirley Southampton.

Between 1911 and 1915 the family had moved to London and Percy’s occupation, before enlistment, was a Painter and Decorator, as per his Service Records.

 

War Service
Percy attested on 12th December 1915 and was mobilised on 14th November 1916.  When Percy enlisted he was living at 181 Grove Road, Bow, London.  Percy joined the Royal Army Medical Corps, 2nd/1st North Midland Field Ambulance.

On 1st December 1917 he died from wounds received in action.

In his service records Percy confirmed his wife as his next of kin at the Bow address.  He confirmed dates of marriage and births of his children.

Following his death his wife was awarded a pension of 29s 7d a week for herself and their three children which was effective from 17th June 1918. His personal effects of letters, photographs, cigarette case, photographic case, air cushion, pair of scissors and 1 shoulder title were returned to his widow.

He is Remembered with Honour at the Rocquigny-Equancourt Road British Cemetery, Manancourt, France.

 

National Roll of the Great War
“White, P. A., Private, R.A.M.C.
He joined in December 1916, and in September of the following year, proceeded to the Western Front, where he saw active service in various sectors. After being present at many important engagements he was killed in action at Cambria in December 1917. He was entitled to the General Service and Victory Medals.  45, Bedford Place, Southampton”.

 

Researcher: Becky Lonergan
Published: 12th May 2015
Updated: Insert dates here

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