John Alexander WHITE

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WHITE, John Alexander

Service Number: 451
Enlisted: 19 August 1914
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 10th Infantry Battalion
Born: Gawler, South Australia, Australia, 4 July 1891
Home Town: Adelaide, South Australia
Schooling: Gawler Public School
Occupation: Iron moulder
Died: Dysentery, Malta Army Hospital, 28 September 1915, aged 24 years
Cemetery: Pieta Military Cemetery
Grave B. XVI. 6.
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Prospect Malta G.C. and the ANZACs - "The Nurse of the Mediterranean"
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World War 1 Service

19 Aug 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1
20 Oct 1914: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 451, 10th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
20 Oct 1914: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 451, 10th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Ascanius, Adelaide
25 Apr 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli
Date unknown: Involvement 10th Infantry Battalion, Battle for Pozières

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Biography

Parents:  Henry and Agnes White of 186 Franklin Street Adelaide

John White described himself as an "Iron Moulder" in his enlistment documents.  He joined the AIF in the initial group of men who enlisted shortly after the outbreak of war.  He was enlisted in to the 10th Battalion which formed and trained at Morphettville Racecourse.

The Battalion embarked on the HMAT Ascanius A11 on the 20th October at Port Adelaide.  They joined the great convoy off the coast of WA having gone directly to Perth rather than assembling at Albany.

They arrived in the Middle East on 1 December 1914 where the 1st Division assembled trained and took part in he Defence of the Suez Canal zone.

 

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