White, John: Service no. 769542

Digitized Service Record

Source: Per post by 18th Battalion Facebook member.


Born 19 January 1887 at Essex, England, this man enlisted in the 124th Battalion at Toronto, Ontario on 3 January 1916. He was a married (Alice White) labourer with no prior military experience. His wife resided at 31 Baltic Avenue, Toronto, Ontario.

His unit embarked for England on 7 August 1916, leaving from Halifax and arriving at Liverpool on 18 August 1916.

On 10 October 1916 he was transferred to the 18th Battalion and arrived at the Canadian Base Depot, Etaples, France on the next day. He was assigned to No. 2 Canadian Entrenching Battalion from 2 December 1916 and that is where he was serving when he was gassed.

He joined the 18th Battalion on 21 February 1917 and served with this battalion until he was attached for duty to Headquarters, 2nd Canadian Divisional Engineers.

He returned to the 18th battalion on 16 October 1917 and would suffer a sprained back on 13 November 1917 and required treatment in France until he returned to the 18th Battalion on 7 May 1918.

He was gassed by a German shell and was treated at No. 5 Canadian Field Ambulance from 28 December 1916 to I January 1917. He was returned to duty.

He was granted a 14-day’s leave to England effective 4 June 1918.

He served with the 18th Battalion until he was taken off strength in preparation for the return to Canada and he appears to have been sent to Canada on 13 May 1919.

He was then discharged on 24 May 1919 at London, Ontario.

He died on 28 December 1957 at Sunnybrook Hospital and is buried at Pine Hills Cemetery, Scarborough, Ontario.

His family applied for a Silver Cross after his death on 20 February 1958 and this medal was dispatched to Mrs. Alice White of 76 Ashdale Avenue, Toronto, Ontario on 20 February 1959.

Via family member from the 18th Battalion Facebook page.
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