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Capt. Stewart Alexander White
British Army 21st (Tyneside Scottish) Btn. Northumberland Fusiliers
(d.3rd July 1916)Stewart White was my great uncle who died leaving a widow but no children. He was the Battalion Adj and was shot and wounded on 1 July 1916 and died of his wounds on 3 July.
In a letter to the War Office in early 1917, his widow related the following particulars of his death as related to her by 2Lt Spearing, a junior officer of the Regiment: " Mr Spearing was one of Capt White's juniors and related that the morning of July 1st immediately "Advance" was sounded Capt White leaped over the parapet followed by his men. It seems he was wounded but pressed onward taking 2 lines of trenches. Meanwhile another Company - where most of the Officers fell almost at once - were about to lose their heads, when Capt White and late Capt Charlton rallied them and led them to the 3rd line. My husband was wounded in the abdomen and, I am told was carried into German Dug Out in 3rd line where he lay for three days until his death. It was impossible to restore him as he was bleeding very badly."
Capt White was an Oxford Scholar, Mathematician and school teacher. His younger brother Bruce, emigrated to Australia in 1911 and successfully raised a large family, one of whom served in the Royal Australian Air Force and was killed in WW2. Another son, Bruce also served in WW2 and was my father. I was born on 1 July 1956 and in 2016 I will celebrate my 70th Birthday, the day on which we will also pause to remember the 100th anniversary of the fatal wounding of Capt Stewart Alexander White.
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