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Memorials & Monuments
on the Isle of Wight
- Biography -
- George White -

Unknown person Name : George White.

Son of Susan Clarissa Snow (formerly White, née Saunders), of "Trevessa." Bonchurch, Isle of Wight, and the late Ernest George White (P.O. 2nd Cl.).

Born 11 March 1898 Bonchurch.

Susan White remarried, in 1915, Harold Henry Snow.
  Census Information :

1901 : Susan White, widow, with sons Robert Saunders and George White aged 3, is at 1 Jolliffe's Cottages, Bonchurch. She is a Laundress. They are living with her parents Robert and Eliza Saunders.

1911 : Clara White, widow, with sons Robert Saunders and George White aged 13, is at 2 Jolliffe's Cottages, Bonchurch. She is a Laundress.

  Service details :

Seaman J/27479 George White, H.M.S. Indefatigable, Royal Navy

George White is described as a "Greenwich school boy" - presumably educated at Greenwich as a consequence of his father's Naval Service and death.

Ganges  Boy 2nd cl   12 Sep '13  
GangesBoy 1st cl 1 Mar '1428 Jan '16
Victory IBoy 1st cl 29 Jan '1631 Jan '16
IndefatigableO.S. 1 Feb '1631 May '16
  Casualty Details :

Died : 31 May 1916 aged 18

Commemorated at Portsmouth Naval Memorial CWGC record ...
  Commemorated on these Memorials :

Bonchurch War Memorial
St Boniface Church Pulpit War Memorial
St Boniface Church Roll of Honour
Independent Order of Rechabites War Memorial
County War Memorial, Carisbrooke Castle

  Documents :


Friday, June 9, 1916 Page 1

The casualties in the great Naval battle of May 31st include a good number of Isle of Wight men and others having relatives on the Island. We regret to hear of the death of one or two Ventnor men, and desire to express the deepest condolence with the families. Sub-Lieut. Eynon Ll. Jones, R.N.R. who went down in the Indefatigable, was the only son of Mr. and the late Mrs. Evan Jones, formerly of Trentham, Spring Gardens. Able Seaman Walter Burden, of the Queen Mary, whose name appears in the list of casualties on that ship, was the son of Mr. and Mrs. S. Burden, Longdown, Ventnor. Leading Seaman E. Higgins is supposed to have been on the Tipperary. He was a coastguard at Ventnor for several years, and had a wide circle of friends in the town. Seaman George White, son of the late Petty Officer E.G. White and of Mrs. Snow, of Temperance Cottage, Bonchurch, was killed in action in the recent Naval battle. His father was on H.M.S. Bruiser when he volunteered for special service boat's crew and was drowned at Smyrna 16 years ago. He was buried at Smyrna. Among the saved on the Queen Mary is Midshipman J.L. Storey, whose sister is the matron at Elm Dene, St. Lawrence. He spent shore leave here recently.


Friday, May 17, 1918 Page 1

Bonchurch is paying its share of the grim toll of war. No less than six men from the village have made the supreme sacrifice, and it is a curious coincidence that all those who have fallen bore the Christian name of George, namely: George Hitchman, George White, George Hastings [1], George Russell, George Woodford, and George Harbourne.

[1] this should be George Sterling

  Further information :

HMS Indefatigable

HMS Indefatigable casualty list

HMS Bruiser
  Acknowledgments :

Janet Griffin for newspaper research
  Page status :
Page last updated : 27 September 2013


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