The Men

The Men

Sunday, 19 January 2014

* Capt. Hill Wilson White

Source: 'Our Heroes 1914-1916'
Hill Wilson White, and three of his siblings were born in Kaiapoi, a town in the Waimakariri District of the Canterbury region, in the South Island of New Zealand; to a clergy man from Dublin, and his Drogheda-born wife, on 12th June 1885.

He attended The High School Dublin, from 1895 to 1903, and lived with his family at 6 Palmerston Road, Rathmines.  By 1911, he had left Ireland and was living  in Surrey, at the The Manor Asylum, Epsom, where he was working as the assistant medical officer and Registered Medical Practitioner.  He was unmarried.

Records next show that he joined the Royal Army Medical Corp, as a lieutenant, and arrived in France on the 19th May, 1915, less than a year after the war began.    He was promoted to Captain, but went missing, and was presumed dead on 12th April 1918, seven months exactly before the end of the war.  His medal index card shows that in 1922 his father requested that his Victory, British and Star medals be sent home to his family.
Source: Michelle Burrowes.

WHITE, HILL WILSON. Rank: Captain. Regiment or Service: Royal Army Medical Corps Age: 32. Date of Death: 12/04/1918.   Killed in Action. Supplementary information; Son of The Right Rev. Harry Vere White, Bishop of Limerick, and Alice White, of The See House, Pery Square, Limerick. Grave or Memorial Reference: Panel 11. Memorial: Ploegsteert Memorial in Belgium.
Source: Tom Burnell
School Newsletter Obituary:
'Erasmian December 1918'
'Capt. Hill Wilson White, R.A.M.C., (1895-1903) was reported missing last spring, but has now officially been announced as presumed to have been killed on April 12th last. He will be remembered by many boys for his charming personality, and his keen interest in everything concerning the School. He joined the army in August, 1914, and served in France and Flanders. He was wounded at Ypres in December, 1915. In March last he was in medical charge of a reinforcement camp, and was despatched with a battalion to meet an almost overwhelming advance by the enemy. In the ensuing fight he acquitted himself with great gallantry, attending to the wounded under heavy shell fire. He was the fourth son of the Dean of Christ Church and Mrs. White, and was born June 12th 1885.'

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