Ernest Charles White

First Name: 
Ernest
Middle Name: 
Charles
Last Name: 
White
Mother's Name: 
Ellen White nee Jackson
Father's Name: 
Charles White
Date Enlisted: 
Sunday, July 18, 1915
Rank at Enlistment: 
Private
Rank at Discharge: 
Private
Unit: 
54th Battalion
Company: 
B
Service: 
Infantry
Awards: 
1914/1915 Star
British War Medal
Victory Medal
Date of Death: 
Wednesday, July 19, 1916
Place of Death: 
Fromelles, France
Cause of Death: 
Killed in action
Details: 

Ernest Charles White (Service No 3152), was born in Stratford, Essex, England, around June, 1881.

Ernest had served 10 years with the Royal Navy, and served in the Boxer Rebellion and Boer War, before he came to Wollongong, N.S.W.

At enlistment, he stated he was single, 34 years old and worked as a seaman. Ernest embarked on HMAT A69 Warialda, with the 2nd Battalion, 10th Reinforcement, on 8th October 1915. After arriving in Egypt, he was transferred to 54th Battalion, on 16th February 1916.

Ernest arrived in France on 29th June 1916. He was attacking with B Company, across no man's land, around 6pm, on 19 July 1916, when he was seen to be hit and bleeding badly, reported one witness, and a second witness at the enquiry in 1917, reported Ernest as being deceased.

Ernest has no known grave, and is commemorated at the V.C. Corner, Australian Cemetery and Memorial, Fromelles, France.

Sources: 
NAA: B2455, WHITE E C

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