Albert White VC

Albert White (01/12/1892 – 19/05/1917) was awarded the Victoria Cross for his actions On 19 May 1917 at Monchy-le-Preux, France.

The Citation, recorded in the London Gazette of Supplement: 30154, Page: 6382,  reads:

“No. 24866 Sjt. Albert White, late S. Wales Bord.

For most conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty.

Realising during an attack that one of the enemy’s machine guns, which had previously been located, would probably hold up the whole advance of his Company, Sjt. White, without the slightest hesitation, and regardless of all personal danger, dashed ahead of his Company to capture the gun. When within a few yards of the gun he fell riddled with bullets, having thus willingly sacrificed his life in order that he might secure the success of the operations and the welfare of his comrades.”

He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Arras Memorial to the Missing Bay 6

Arras Memorial to the Missing. Image courtesy of Ralph McLean and the South African War Graves Project

 

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