Lance Corporal Peter White

By Peter Hoben (his great nephew)

 

The picture shows 1410 lance corporal Peter White 2nd from left.  Peter served in 1/6 battalion of the Sherwood Foresters probably in G company, son of George and Pheobe Ann White of Park Row, Clay Cross. He died from injuries on 24 August 1915 and is buried at Abbeville cemetery in France. Below is an excerpt from the Derbyshire Times.
 
Lance-Corporal Peter White (21) has been seriously wounded in action and now lies in a precarious condition.  A letter was received by the soldiers parents from the Wesleyan chaplain Rev. Guy N Teale.
 
   Your son lies in hospital suffering from wounds, a stray bullet passing through his stomach and out through his arm.  I want you to know your Son was brought to us in a very serious condition and the surgeon found it necessary to operate immediately and I am glad to say the operation was entirely successful and the surgeon has strong hopes for his recovery.  You may be rest assured everything possible will be done for him.  He is in good hands and the best of all he is in Gods hands.  Your son is in good spirits and is anxious you should know just where he is.  I hope to have some brighter news for you in a few days time.
He was injured in early July, unfortunately Peter never really recovered and died from blood poisoning on the 24 August 1915. and is buried at Abbeville communal cemetery in France.
 

In October of that year his Father George Hodgkinson White died from a fall of four or five cwt of coal at North Wingfield Colliery.  There was an inquest which was held in the Alma Hotel at North Wingfield and a large funeral was conducted through Clay Cross and is buried in Clay Cross cemetery. there's is also a long report in the Derbyshire Times of both the Inquest and the funeral. 

 
   From my investigations, George Hodgkinson White also known as Raddy Roo was a real character, he was born at Stonebroom out of wedlock and was named George Hodkinson White. His mother lived with her mother a family called Rooth in North Wingfield and so was called George Rooth, when his mother married Peter Taylor (Farmer on High St Clay Cross) he was called George Taylor. He served in the army, was put in prison for sheep stealing and was rumoured to have a fox n hounds tatooed in a rather delicate place.
 
 
So my great Aunt lost both her son and husband in the space of a few months.
 
 

 

 

Neil Wilson 2012 - www.claycross.org.uk
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