David White was born in Wordsley and was a glass-cutter at Webb and Sons Dennis Glass Works. Earlier he had seen active service in the Boer War and remained in the 11th Reserve Cavalry Regiment. In 1914 he was married with one daughter and volunteered for the 10th (Service) Battalion of the Hampshires. They undertook training in Ireland before joining the 10th (Irish) Division in 1915 who were reinforcements for the British troops at Gallipoli. They landed on the 6th August but after renewed stalemate on the peninsula they were transferred to Greece to take part in the campaign against the Central Powers. The situation in the Balkans was serious as the Serbian army had been badly defeated by the Bulgarian and Austrian armies and was in flight towards Greece. An Anglo-French expedition was rapidly organized for its rescue. The Hampshires landed at Salonika in Greece in October and advanced north as far as Kosturino where they met enemy forces on the 6-7th December. They were badly defeated and driven back. Among those killed in action on the 6th December was Lance Sergeant David White who was 34 years of age and is commemorated on the Doiran and Wordsley Memorials.
High Street, Wordsley, West Midlands, DY8 5RU
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