White, Alfred (No. 540565)

White, Alfred

Sergeant (Wireless Operator U/T)

No. 540565, Royal Air Force

Killed in an aircraft accident on Tuesday 1 October 1940 (aged 22)

Buried:

Newtownards (Movilla) Cemetery, Co. Down

(Section 28 Protestant Plot Grave 92)

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

BIOGRAPHY

Alfred White was a son of Alfred James White and Ada Beatrice H. White (nee Woods) of Heanor, Derbyshire.  Their marriage was registered in the first quarter of 1903 in Norwich, Norfolk where Alfred James White worked as a schoolteacher.  Alfred James and Ada Beatrice White had at least four children including Reginald, Dorothy, and Alfred.

During the Second World War Alfred White served with the Royal Air Force and he was 22 when he died on 1 October 1940.  Initially posted as missing, Sergeant Alfred White was killed when his Avro Anson aircraft ditched in the Irish Sea during an exercise over Cardigan Bay.  His body was washed ashore at Ballyhalbert on 24 October 1940 and removed to the morgue at Ards District Hospital.

Sergeant Alfred White’s funeral to Movilla Cemetery on 1 November 1940 was reported in the 2 November 1940 edition of the County Down Spectator under the headline Funeral of RAF Sergeant.  RAF comrades attended his funeral which was conducted by an RAF Chaplain and RAF Buglers sounded the Last Post at the graveside.  There were wreaths from 10th Operational Training Unit (OTU) and 231 Squadron.  His parents placed an inscription on his CWGC headstone:

BELOVED SON

OF A.J. AND A.B.H. WHITE

OF HEANOR, DERBYSHIRE

HIS LIFE FOR HIS COMRADES