Battle of Hill 60, Battle of Neuve Chapelle, Darling Street Methodist Church, Derby Street, Dunstall, France, Frank White, Gatis Street, Herbert Street, Midland Counties Express, Newhampton Road Wesleyan Church, Oxford Terrace, Red Lion Street, South Staffordshire Regiment, Willow Street
This post has been prepared by one of our volunteers, Ann Eales.
This is a photograph of acting Corporal Frank White of the 2nd South Staffordshire regiment, who has died in the General Hospital at WIMEREUX as the result of a gunshot wound in the thigh. White leaves a widow and five children, who reside at 48 Herbert Street Wolverhampton. He was a plasterer by trade and enlisted on the 31st August going to France at the close of the year. He figured in acts of war many times and was at Neuve Chapel and Hill 60.
The Commonwealth War Grave Commission records this information for Frank White: “Rank: Corporal, Service No:12371, Date of Death: 21/05/1915, Regiment/Service: South Staffordshire Regiment 2nd Bn. , Grave Reference: I. H. 23. Cemetery: WIMEREUX COMMUNAL CEMETERY”
The Wolverhampton War Memorials website has information from two memorials. The Newhampton Road (Cranmer) Wesleyan Church Memorial and Roll of Honour gives detail about Frank White’s wounds “2nd Bn South Staffordshire Regiment Frank was wounded at Festubert 15/5/15,his right leg shot away, his left leg injured. Frank died four days later at the base hospital Wimereux 21/05/1915”. Darlington Street Methodist Church also mentions Frank White.
Frank White’s Medal Index Card records that he died of wounds 21/05/1915. No trace could be found of his other military records.
Frank White’s birth was registered at Wolverhampton in the quarter ended September 1881. At the time of the 1881 census the White family lived at number 14 Oxford Terrace, Red Lion Street, Wolverhampton. Frank was 7 months old; his father Charles, age 51 and born at Broadway Worcester, worked as a Plasterer, and was married to Elizabeth, age 44, born at Claverley, Shropshire. Their children are daughter Jane, age 21, a Sewing Machinist, born like her mother at Claverley, Sussanah E. White age 16, Chas. age 14, a Plasterer’s apprentice, Ada age 7, and Marian age 5 both Scholars. Like Frank, all were born at Wolverhampton.
Frank was age 10, and a scholar when the 1891 census was taken. His father Charles age 61 was working as a Plasterer, Elizabeth his wife is now age 53, and as well as Frank, two daughters were still living with their parents, Ada now 17 was working as a dressmaker, and Marion was now age 15. Their address was 15 Willow Street in St Marks Ward Wolverhampton.
The 1901 census recorded that the Charles age 73 was a widower living at 39 Gatis Street, Dunstall, with his son in law Frederick Brown, age 34, the Head of the Household, and Ada his wife Charles’ daughter, age 27, their daughter Olive age 2, and Frank age 20. Both Frank and Charles are recorded as working as plasterers.
Frank White’s marriage to Isabella Patrick was registered at Wolverhampton in the quarter ended June 1906.
The 1911 census recorded Frank age 30 working as a Plasterer, living at Derby Terrace, Derby Street, Wolverhampton with his wife Isabella age 29 born at Wolverhampton, and their 3 children Frank age 6, at school, Charles age 3 and Isabella age 1 all born at Wolverhampton. Two more children had arrived before Frank’s sad death. These two children appear to be Bernard White and Edna White, whose births were registered in the quarters ended September 1911 and 1913, found from a freebmd search for Wolverhampton births, surname White, mother’s surname Patrick, from 1910 to 1916.