Friday 26 April 2013

Private Peter Vincent White

Born on 24 May 1889 in Peterborough, Ontario - son of Elrick H. and Josephine Simons White - brother of Mrs. Carrie Brady, Peterborough, Ontario - at the time of his enlistment in 1916: present address in Peterborough, Ontario; trade as teamster; single; no current or previous military service; Roman Catholic; height of 5 feet 7 inches; chest of 37 inches fully expanded; dark complexion; brown eyes; black hair.

Joined the 80th Battalion, CEF, in Peterborough, Ontario, on 28 February 1916 (number 220502) - taken on the strength of the 38th Battalion, CEF, in England on 18 July 1916 - landed in France with the 38th Battalion on 13 August 1916 - killed in action on 29 October 1916 - name inscribed on the Vimy Memorial, France.

(Updated with a photo of Pte White's inscription on the Vimy Memorial that I took in August 2012).

(sources: Library and Archives Canada (, online attestation papers; Canadian War Museum, 19740281-001, Manu 58F 2 3, 207th Canadian Infantry Battalion and 38th Canadian Infantry Battalion, Nominal Roll; The Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa Regimental Museum, A400-0007, Master Personnel List for the 38th Canadian Infantry Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force; Commonwealth War Graves Commission, "Debt of Honour" register,

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