White, William

White, William (Willy)

Second Lieutenant

4th Battalion, Royal Dublin Fusiliers

Killed in action on Sunday 25 April 1915 (aged 25)

No known grave


Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Belgium (Panel 44 and 46)

Bangor Grammar School


William White was a son of Robert Godfrey White MD FRCS and Minnie Moore White (nee Finnigan) who were married by special licence on 4 March 1889 in the bride’s home in Fortwilliam Terrace, Antrim Road, Belfast.  This house was located in the Parish of St James’s Church of Ireland Church, Belfast.  Robert Godfrey White from The Firs, Haughley, Suffolk was a son of Joseph William White, a solicitor.  Robert Godfrey and Minnie Moore White (nee Finnigan) had at least two children:

William (born around 1889/1890)

Cecil Godfrey (born around 1891/1892)

Both boys were born in Suffolk and in 1901 they were living in Sydenham Avenue, Belfast with their maternal grandparents, Edward and Mary Jane Finnigan.  Edward Finnigan was a solicitor by profession and in 1901 he was appointed Her Majesty’s Coroner in Belfast.

Both William and Cecil White attended Bangor Grammar School.

In 1911 Cecil was an undergraduate at Trinity College Dublin.

William White obtained a commission, served as a Second Lieutenant with the 4th Battalion Royal Dublin Fusiliers and was killed in action on 25 April 1915.

At the time of Willy White’s death his parents were living in Combe Martin, Devon.

Second Lieutenant William White has no known grave and is commemorated on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial in Belgium and on the War Memorial Plaque in Bangor Grammar School (as W White).  In the school archives it is recorded that he served as a Second Lieutenant in the 4th Battalion Royal Dublin Fusiliers.