Friday, 7 March 2014

Arthur Percy White 1893-1918

1931 map snip showing Redfearn Brothers' Glassworks, with Meadow Street on bottom left
and Watson Street top right (from Old Maps)
7 March 1893 in Barnsley (9c 194) at 5 Watson Street
Baptised at St Barnabus, Barnsley on 30 March 1893

Son of:
George White b.1860 Wroot, Lincolnshire d.  

1911: Blacksmith at Glassworks living at 9 Meadow Street, Barnsley
married at Barnsley in Q4 1888 to 

Clara White (nee Hodgson) b.1870 Westwoodside, Lincolnshire d.

Position in family: The second son of five boys and a girl
1. George White b.11 August 1891 Barnsley d.1915
2. Arthur Percy White b.7 March 1893 Barnsley d.1918 WW1 DIED OF WOUNDS
3. Harry White b.4 February 1895 Barnsley d.1917 WW1 MISSING/KILLED IN ACTION
4. Harold White b.9 May 1897 Barnsley WW1 SERVICE
5. John William White b.1900 Barnsley
6. Lillian White b.1906 Barnsley

Home address, age and occupation:
1901: 3 Watson Street, Barnsley aged 8 a scholar
1911: 9 Meadow Street, Barnsley aged 18, a  Bottle Packer at the Glassworks

Marriage: Arthur was married to Selina Batty at St Mary's, Barnsley on 21 January 1918

Military Service:
Enlisted: *date* at the age of **years
Regiment and Battalion:    York and Lancaster Regiment 2nd/4th Battalion
Service number and rank:  240544 Private
Awards: British War Medal, Victory Medal

Death:     28 March 1918 aged 25 years
Buried at: Boulogne Eastern Cemetery
Grave Reference: VIII I 170

Information from Commonwealth War Graves Commission:
Son of George and Clara White, of 30, Meadow St., Barnsley; husband of Selina White, of 36, Windermere Rd., Barnsley.

Barnsley, St Mary's Church, Combined Memorial
Barnsley, Redfearn Brothers Glassworks & Aldham Works 
Barnsley Regent Street Congregational Church Memorial 


A page about George and Harry White with pictures of their medals and various letters and other photographs collected by RP.

Father George White, and his four soldier sons all worked at Redfearn's Glassworks.

Link to a blog post here about Arthur and his family including a newspaper cutting reporting his death and commenting on the deaths of his brothers.

George, Clara and their fifth son John William are all buried in the same plot in Barnsley Cemetery.  As John died aged just 18 in 1918 the obvious suspicion is that he died in the flu epidemic. 

Selina White remarries in 1929 to Clifford Farnsworth at St Peter's, Barnsley.

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