James Edwin WHITE

WHITE , James Edwin

Service Number: VX30203
Enlisted: 4 June 1940
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 2nd/22nd Infantry Battalion
Born: Violet Town, Victoria, Australia , 16 June 1916
Home Town: Warrenbayne, Benalla, Victoria
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Labourer
Died: Malaria, At sea (en route to Port Moresby), 22 February 1942, aged 25 years
Cemetery: Rabaul (Bita Paka) War Cemetery, Papua New Guinea
Bita Paka War Cemetery, Bita Paka, Rabaul, East New Britain, Papua New Guinea
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Ballarat Australian Ex-Prisoners of War Memorial, Warrenbayne Honor Roll WW2, Warrenbayne War Memorial
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World War 2 Service

3 Sep 1939: Involvement Private, VX30203
4 Jun 1940: Enlisted Australian Military Forces (Army WW2), Private, VX30203, 2nd/22nd Infantry Battalion
3 May 1941: Embarked Australian Military Forces (Army WW2), Private, VX30203, 2nd/22nd Infantry Battalion, ex Sydney per HMT Katoomba to Rabaul

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Biography contributed by Chris Buckley

James was the youngest of four children of George Frederick White (born 1881 at Violet Town, Victoria) and Jenny Lord (born 1880 in Melbourne, Victoria). In 1907 George was a Farmer and Jenny a Music Teacher when they married and settled at Violet Town to raise their family. When Jenny died in 1916, George was a Grazier. In 1918 he married Florence Jessie Smith (born 1892 in Colac, Victoria) and had another two children.

James was a Labourer at Ripplevale in Warranbayne, Victoria in June 1940 when he enlisted in the Australian Army. He was a Private (Service No:VX30203) with 2/22 Infantry Battalion when he contracted Malaria at Selli in New Guinea. James died en route to Rabaul on 22 February 1942 and is buried at the Rabaul (Bita Paka) War Cemetery.

Brothers Robert Eden White (Gunner; Service No:VX26807) and Alexander George White (Gunner; Service No:VX26804/Aircraftman; Service No:429754) also served in WWII.