Arthur White

Village memories: Kingsmead, Loudwater(picture from SWOP website)

Arthur's grave in High Wycombe Cemetery

Private 37786 13th Battalion, Devonshire Regiment
Died on home soil on 6th November 1918 aged 34
Remembered with Honour in High Wycombe Cemetery
Grave reference 331

Arthur was born in 1885 in Flackwell Heath, son of James White and Sarah Wilkes who married in 1866.
In 1901, Arthur's occupation was listed as a 'hay tier' as was mother Sarah. By 1911 the family, with Sarah as head, were living in Back Lane, Loudwater, and Arthur was an engine driver at a saw mill. As well as three sisters and a brother, his nephew and a lodger were living with him and his mother and wife Annie Louisa who he married in 1908. Other sources indicate Arthur had five brothers so four must have moved on by 1911.

Arthur enlisted in the Devonshire Regiment, 13th Battalion and was later transferred to the Labour Corps, service number 172481 as explained below.

Raised in the summer of 1916, the 13th (Works) Battalion was allotted to the Devonshire Regiment with whom they had only the most tenuous connection – one or two invalided Devon officers served with them. Men in this battalion were unfit for front line service because of wounds or ill health but undertook arduous, occasionally dangerous, support jobs behind the lines. Within months the connection with the Devonshire Regiment was severed and the battalion was transferred to the newly formed Labour Corps.

Private Arthur White died on home soil on 6th November 1918 at the age of 34 just five days before the war ended. He is buried in High Wycombe cemetery, grave reference 331. His funeral took place on Armistice Day 1918.

Additional information taken from the Buckinghamshire Remembers website:
Name Arthur Frederick WHITE
Rank/Number Private 37786
Regiment Devonshire Regiment 13th Battalion
Enlisted High Wycombe
Age/Date of death 34 06 Nov 1918
How died/Theatre of war Died Home
Last known address Loudwater
Cemetery High Wycombe Cemetery, Bucks
Grave or Memorial Reference 331
Location of memorial Loudwater
Date/Place of birth c1884 Flackwell Heath/Wooburn Green
Date/Place of baptism
Pre-war occupation of Casualty 1901: hay tier
Parents James & Sarah White
Parent's occupation hay tier
Parents’ Address (last known) Loudwater
Wife Annie Louisa White
Wife’s Address (last known) Back Lane, Loudwater
Notes trans to Labour Corps 172481

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