WHITE, Wilfred

Private Wilfred White
76403  360th Reserve Employment Company 

Wilfred was born about 1899 at Codnor Park, Derbyshire son of Thomas White a Midland Railway Company canal labourer born in Yorkshire and his wife Lucy (nee Parkin) born Greenhills, Derbyshire. They had 11 children in all, of whom 9 survived. Children were John, Herbert, Florrie, Mabel, Mary, Thomas, Wilfred, Horace and Denis. In 1911 the family was living at No 1, Pottery Row, Codnor Park, Derbyshire.

Some time later the family moved to Sedgwick Street, Jacksdale as in 1918/1919 Wilfred appears on the Absent Voters Roll as absent from Sedgwick Street. Wilfred enlisted on 13th October 1916 at Hucknall and was called up on 22nd February 1917 but was found to be under age, so was re-mobilised later that year on 9th July 1917 for the duration of the war. He gave his next of kin as Thomas White of Sedgwick Street, Jacksdale. He was 5’4″ in height, gave his occupation as clay worker and his religion as Church of England.

Wilfred was found to have defective sight so did not serve overseas but instead served with several regiments at home in the UK. He enrolled with the Sherwood Foresters and also spent time with the Yorkshire Hussars, the Yorks & Lancs, the Labour Corps, the Royal Field Artillery and the 27th Durham Infantry. He seems to have had numerous service numbers:- 18724, 36950, 598257,  62614 and finally 76403. In late 1918 he was absent without leave and had to forfeit 8 days pay as a punishment.  He was eventually demobbed in early 1919.

His brother Horace also served during WW1 as an Ordinary Seaman and is also named on the Jacksdale War Memorial.