Arthur Thomas White

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Arthur Thomas White (left) and Thomas Miles in Egypt. Image courtesy Cathy Laughton.

WHITE, Arthur Thomas

Service no: 1237 [1]

Place of birth: Paddington, 25 September 1881

Address: Ariah Park, later 35 Thomas Street, Orange

Occupation: School teacher

Next of kin: Christina May White (wife), Ariah Park

Date of enlistment: 21 March 1916

Place of enlistment: Cootamundra

Age at enlistment: 35

Fate: Transferred to Goulburn camp 16 June 1916. Transferred to Menangle camp 6 July 1916. Embarked HMAT A43 Barunga, Sydney, 20 October 1916. Disembarked Suez 3 December 1916. Proceeded to 1st Light Horse Training Regiment Moascar 14 December 1916. Taken on strength Imperial Camel Corps Abbassia 23 December 1916. Embarked Alexandria for Sollum 16 January 1917. Admitted to Field Ambulance Dabad suffering from gastric catarrh, 10 February 1917. Admitted to 21st General Hospital Alexandria with gastritis 16 February 1917. Discharged to duty 7 April 1917. Marched out to Base Depot Company Abbassia 7 September 1917. Marched out to Imperial Camel Corps Moascar 1 February 1918. Detached to 67th Flying Squadron Abbassia 15 February 1918. Admitted to 14th Australian General Hospital with an abscess in the mouth 25 March 1918. Proceeded to rest camp, Port Said, 15 June 1918. Hospitalised, appendectomy operation 8 August 1918. Transferred to rest camp Moascar 11 September 1918. Marched out to Ludd 20 September 1918. Hospitalised with indigestion 12 October 1918. Embarked HT Somali, Suez, for return to Australia 26 December 1918. Returned to Australia 14 February 1919. Discharged from AIF 25 July 1919.

Date of death: 2 July 1950, aged 68

Buried: Orange Cemetery, Baptist Grave H 14

Arthur Thomas White was born in Paddington in 1881 to Alfred and Elizabeth White. Following his education Arthur trained as a schoolteacher. He settled in the Riverina district, and married Christina May Fong in Temora in 1908. When he enlisted in March 1916 Arthur was teaching at Ariah Park.

Private White embarked from Sydney in October 1916, arriving at Suez in early December. He proceeded to the 1st Light Horse Training Regiment at Moascar in Egypt, and joined the Imperial Camel Corps at Abbassia later that month. In February 1918 he was transferred to the 67th Squadron of the Australian Flying Corps.

Arthur served for the duration of the war, and managed to avoid being wounded in action. He was hospitalised on several occasions with several different medical conditions including gastritis, a mouth abscess and appendicitis.

Arthur arrived back in Australia in February 1919. He returned to Ariah Park, where he was head teacher from 1924 to 1926. In 1927 Arthur and his family relocated to Orange and he took a teaching position at Lucknow. In January 1943 he was appointed head teacher at Nashdale Public School. Arthur remained in Orange until his death in July 1950. He was survived by his wife, May, three sons and four daughters. May remained at the family home in Thomas Street until her death in 1965.

Arthur Thomas White’s gravesite. Image courtesy Orange Cemetery.
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