Andrews Yard, St. James, Shaftesbury

Reginald Harry White

Surname: White
Other names: Reginald Harry
Other people in this story:
Charles Henry White
Thirza White née Mayo
Emma Elizabeth White née Stone
Locations in this story:
Shaftesbury, Dorset
France & Flanders
Charlton, Ludwell, Donhead St. Mary, Wiltshire
Mere, Wiltshire
St. James Street, Shaftesbury

Reginald Harry White was born in Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 28th June 1897, the son of Charles Henry White and Thirza White (née Mayo).  He spent his early years with the family at 68 St. James Street, Shaftesbury.  His father died in 1911. Reginald enlisted on 13th November 1915 and joined the 5th Battalion of the Dorsetshire Regiment as a Private (Service No. 15792).  He served in France from 24 Feb 1916 variously with the 3rd, 7th and 6th Battalions and in October 1917 received severe Gas Burns following which he was transferred back to the UK for treatment. It is also noted he also frequently suffered from Trench Foot.   He returned to France on 16th July 1918 but was eventually discharged on 1st March 1919.  He was awarded the Victory and British War medals.  

His brother Frank (b.1885) died on 4th October 1917 while serving with the Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry in Flanders. The 1921 Census shows Reginald living with his widowed mother at 53 St. James Street, Shaftesbury, working as a Painter. Reginald married Emma Elizabeth Stone in the Tisbury, Wiltshire, Registration area in 1924 and they went on to have one son. By the 1939 Register he is shown living at 5 Council Houses, Ludwell, Donhead St. Mary, Wiltshire, now described as a Builder's Painter.   He died in the Mere, Wiltshire, Registration District in 1970 and buried at Charlton, Ludwell, Donhead St. Mary, Wiltshire.


Links to related web content / sources:
The National Archives
Frank White