Other names: John
Locations in this story: Shaftesbury, DorsetFrance & FlandersStendal, GermanySturminster Newton, DorsetSt. James Street, ShaftesburyLayton Lane, St. James, Shaftesbury
Story: John White, sometimes known as Jack, was born in Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 23rd January 1890, the son of William White and Lydia White (née Hillier). The family lived at 8 St. James Street, Shaftesbury, for many years. Jack, who had worked as a Carpenter and Joiner, enlisted on 14th November 1915 and joined the Royal Engineers as a Sapper (Service No. 143211). He served in France and was reported missing on 30th March 1918 with a subsequent report on 1st April 1918 that he had become a Prisoner of War, eventually ending up at a camp in Stendal, Germany. Following his repatriation after the armistice he was attached to the 'G' Depot Company RE and was diagnosed with rheumatism caused by conditions in the POW Camp. He was discharged on 16th April 1919 and went back to live at 8 St. James Street. He was awarded the Victory and British War medals. He married Minnie E. Davis in Shaftesbury in 1930 and they had one child. By the 1939 Register he was living at Winterton, Layton Lane, Shaftesbury, and was working as a Carpenter. He died in the Sturminster, Dorset, Registration District in 1940.