William Allison White VC

Name: William Allison White

Conflict: First World War

Gazetted: November 15, 1918

Service: Army

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William Allison White VC
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Place/date of birth: Mitcham, Surrey/October 19, 1894

Rank when awarded VC (and later highest rank): Temporary Second Lieutenant (later Captain)

Date of bravery: September 18, 1918

London Gazette citation:

T. /2nd Lt. William Allison White, M.G. Corps.

For most conspicuous bravery and initiative in attack.

When the advance of the infantry was being delayed by an enemy machine gun, he rushed the gun position single-handed, shot the three gunners, and captured the gun. Later, in similar circumstances, he attacked a gun accompanied by two men, but both of the latter were immediately shot down. He went on alone to the gun position and bayoneted or shot the team of five men and captured the gun. On a third occasion, when the advance was held up by hostile fire from an enemy position, he collected a small party and rushed the position, inflicting heavy losses on the garrison.

Subsequently, in consolidating the position by the skilful use of captured enemy and his own machine guns, he inflicted severe casualties on the enemy. His example of fearless and unhesitating devotion to duty under circumstances of great personal danger greatly inspired the neighbouring troops, and his action had a marked effect on the operations.

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Other decorations: TD

Place/date of death: Wellington, Shropshire/September 13, 1974

Grave/memorials: St John’s Churchyard, Hiddenborough, Kent

Origin of VC to the Lord Ashcroft collection: Purchased at auction, Buckland, Dix & Wood, London, 1993.

Current location of VC: Displayed on rotation at The Lord Ashcroft Gallery: Extraordinary Heroes exhibition, Imperial War Museum