White, Adam (No. K/5170)

White, Adam

Leading Stoker

No. K/5170 HMS Indefatigable, Royal Navy

Killed in action on Wednesday 31 May 1916 (aged 25)

No known grave


Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Plymouth Naval Memorial, Devon, England (Memorial Ref. 15)

Kircubbin Parish Church of Ireland Church (Holy Trinity)


Adam White was born on 4 April 1891 in the townland of Rureagh, Kircubbin and he was a son of Adam and Susan White (nee Kelly) who were married on 11 August 1874 in Ballyhalbert Parish Church of Ireland Church (St Andrew’s) at Ballyeasborough.

The White family lived in Ballyeasborough, Portavogie, Rureagh and Granshaw, Kircubbin.

Adam White worked as an agricultural labourer and he and Susan had at least eight children:

John (born 5 July 1875 in Ballyeasborough)

Eliza (born 18 March 1877 in Ballyeasborough)

Mary (born 10 October 1879 in Portavogie)

Ellen (born 17 March 1882 in Portavogie)

James (born 21 July 1884 in Portavogie)

William (born 5 March 1887 in Portavogie)

Adam (born 4 April 1891 in Rureagh, Kircubbin)

Jane (born 24 August 1899 in Granshaw, Kircubbin)

Adam and Jane White were baptised in Kircubbin Parish Church of Ireland Church (Holy Trinity).

Adam’s mother, Susan White, died on 20 October 1899 (aged 43) at Granshaw, as a result of ‘debility following confinement’.

Adam’s father, Adam White, died of erysipelas on 20 May 1905 (aged 45) at Granshaw.

Adam White joined the Royal Navy at Devonport on 5 January 1910 for a period of 12 years and it was noted that he was 5 feet 6⅝ inches with dark brown hair, grey eyes and a fresh complexion.  He gave his date of birth as 15 December 1890.

Adam White and Sarah Elizabeth Black were married on 14 February 1916 in Belmont Presbyterian Church Belfast.  Adam White (aged 24), a stoker from Granshaw, Kircubbin was a son of Adam White, deceased.  Sarah Elizabeth Black (aged 22) from 63 Parker Street, Belfast was a daughter of Andrew James Black, a labourer.

Some 3½ months after his wedding Leading Stoker Adam White was serving aboard HMS Indefatigable when he was killed on 31 May 1916 during the Battle of Jutland.  Commissioned in 1911, HMS Indefatigable was a battlecruiser and she was sunk by shells fired from the German battlecruiser Von der Tann.  Only two or three of the crew of more than 1,000 survived.

Leading Stoker Adam White’s body was never recovered and he is commemorated on the Plymouty Naval Memorial in Devon and on the War Memorial Plaque in Kircubbin Parish Church of Ireland Church (Holy Trinity).