Private Thomas White


Thomas White was born on 28 December 1885 at Ballysculty, Killead, County Antrim, the eighth of ten children of farmer (later insurance agent) William John White and his wife Mary (née McBride). By the time of the 1911 Census he was living as a boarder at 33 Vernon Street, Belfast, and working as a salesman.

White enlisted in the North Irish Horse on 6 November 1915 (No.1793 – later Corps of Hussars No.71562). He trained at the regiment's Antrim reserve camp before embarking for France sometime between 1916 and 1918, where he was posted to one of the squadrons of the 1st North Irish Horse Regiment. This regiment served as corps cavalry to VII, XIX, then V Corps from its establishment in May 1916 until February-March 1918, when it was dismounted and converted to a cyclist unit, serving as corps cyclists to V Corps until the end of the war.

White remained with the regiment throughout the war. On 10 January 1919 he re-enlisted at Antrim, in the Corps of Dragoons (No.31286), and was posted to the 2nd Dragoon Guards (Queen's Bays). On 16 February 1923 he was discharged on completion of his term of service. His military character was recorded as 'very good'.

On 7 June 1919 White had married Elenor Lucinda Charlotte Beattie in St Donard's Church of Ireland Church, Belfast.