Shadow

The history of Clophill, Bedfordshire, UK
Including historical descriptions, maps and statistical analysis.

World War One

Horace White

KILLED IN ACTION - 21 OCTOBER 1916 - AGED 18


1915 photo of 13th Battalion Royal SussexRegiment

1915 photo of 13th Battalion Royal Sussex Regiment

 

BORN IN CLOPHILL IN 1898.

PRIVATE G/14876. 13TH BATTALION ROYAL SUSSEX REGIMENT.

ENLISTED IN BEDFORD

COMMEMORATED IN THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, SOMME, FRANCE.

 

In 1911 Horace lived with his parents, Frank and Sarah and 2 of his siblings, at 4 The Slade, Clophill. He was a gardener's labourer and his father an agricultural labourer. His parents had had 4 children, 3 of whom survived. In 1911, along with Charles Gudgin, he had passed the Midland Counties Union Rural Arithmetic examination, whilst at evening school and had also been a Boy Scout.


Horace enlisted in November 1914 and was sent to France in July 1916 where he was involved with severe fighting on the Somme where he lost his life.

The 13th Battalion Royal Sussex Regiment crossed to France in the spring of 1915. On 21 October 1916 they were involved with the capture of Stuff Trench, part of the Regina Trench. Regina Trench was a German trench dug along a ridge from the village of Le Sars, Somme to Stuff Redoubt, close to the German fortifications at Thiepval. It was the longest such trench on the German front. Attacked several times, a section was briefly controlled on 1 October but regained by counter attacks. An attack on 8 October also failed; on 21 October several divisions attacked the western part of the trench, and briefly gained footholds but were again pushed out by German counter-attacks. After 2 months of attacks and constant shelling the trench was finally taken in November.

Reported in the Ampthill News

November 1916 - "The relatives of Pte. H. White have been officially informed that he was killed on the Somme. Pte. Whittamore, of Campton, in writing home stated that he was sorry to hear that his mate, Pte. H. White, was killed. Great sympathy is felt for his parents."

December 1916 - "On Monday evening a memorial service for four Clophill lads who have lately fallen in France was held. The men were Corpl. C. Gudgin, and Privates H. White, B. Well, and H. Diggins."