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Alfred White DCM

Rank: Lance Corporal

Lifetime: 1887-1918

Reference: 35409

White DCM

Becourt Military Cemetery, Becordel-Becourt, France, location of the grave of Lance Corporal Alfred White DCM

Lance Corporal Alfred William White (35409) died on 23 August 1918, aged 31. He was a member of the 7th Battalion of the Queen’s (Royal West Surrey Regiment).

He was the son of Alfred and Harriett White of 2 High Street, Hampton Wick. The family business was a greengrocers which was maintained by members of the White family from 1910 until the 1970s. Some long-standing residents of Hampton Wick may even remember Henry George White, known as Harry “Smiler” White, who seems to have been Alfred’s youngest brother.

Alfred, like his father, was a fruiterer by occupation. Aside from Harry, he had another younger brother, Frederick Robert White who also worked in the family business. Frederick and Harry were aged respectively 21 years and 4 years at the time of the 1911 census. Only Harry was born in Hampton Wick. The family had moved around, Alfred having been born in Mortlake (where his mother originated) and his brother Frederick having been born in the City of London. The family lived with an elderly maternal uncle, Frederick Saunders, aged 80 in 1911.

Alfred White was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM). His grave is in Becourt Military Cemetery, Becordel-Becourt in France.

The first phase of this Project is to gather information about the men commemorated on the Hampton Wick War Memorial who fought in the Great War, also known as World War I, WWI or the First World War.

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