Other names: John
Locations in this story: Shaftesbury, DorsetFrance & FlandersStendal, GermanySturminster, Dorset
Story: John White, sometimes known as Jack, was born in Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 23 Jan 1890 the son of William White and Lydia White (nee Hillier). The family lived at 8 St. James Street, Shaftesbury, for many years. Jack, who had worked as a Carpenter and Joiner, enlisted on 14 Nov 1915 and joined the Royal Engineers as a Sapper (Service No. 143211). He served in France and was reported missing on 30 Mar 1918 with a subsequent report on 1 Apr 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 16 Apr 1919 and went to live back at 8 St. James Street, Shaftesbury. 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, working as a Carpenter. He died in the Sturminter, Dorset, Registration District in 1940.