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Joseph White 1871-1950
Joseph White 1871-1950
My Great Grandfather Joseph White was born in 1871 to parents Luke White and Mary White nee Magee. He was baptised Roman Catholic on 7th Dec 1871 in St Bridget’s Church Clara, Kings Co (Co Offaly) Ireland. Early years are unknown, but on 9th April 1890 he enlisted in the Royal Dublin Fusiliers 1st battalion Army number 3597. From enlistment date to 27th Nov 1891 based at home which was Curragh Camp Naas. On the 28th Nov is stationed in East Indies which now is Borneo, Sumatra, New Guinea and Java until 17th May 1897. He is then stations from 18th May 1897 in South Africa until returning home to on 4th March 1898. He was discharged on 6th March 1898. On 7th Oct 1899 he was recalled to Army service under special army orders. He was cashed to Royal Dublin Fusiliers on 9th Oct 1899. From where he was sent to South Africa to fight in the Second Boer War (1899 – 1902). In total he severed 2 years and 268 days in South Africa, (this would include travel to and from. During this time Joseph saw action in the following states, Orange Free State and Transvaal. He fought in the following battles Tugala Heights 14–27 February 1900, Relief of Ladysmith 1 March 1900, and Laing’s Nek. For these actions he received Queens South Africa Medal and 5 Clasps and the Kings South Africa Medal with 1901 and 1902 Clasps. Discharged from Royal Dublin Fusiliers on 5th Aug 1902 having served a total on 12years and 120days. He married Margaret Berry on 30th Aug 1902 in St Bridget’s Church Clara. He had 4 children Mary Ann 1903, Bridget 1904 (my grandmother), Patrick Joseph 1907, and Luke 1911 as far as is known. The 1911 Ireland Census states that he was living in No. 27 Raheen (Clara Kings Co.) as a lodger with William Kelly home owner. Other persons living in the house are John Berry 35, Thomas Berry 29 and Michael Berry 24. It is believed that these Berry’s are brothers of Joseph’s wife Margaret. Joseph‘s occupation is listed as being a Factory Hand. One of the main factories in Clara at this time is that of the Goodbody’s. His wife Margaret is not listed as living in this house but is residing at No 6 Clara with her mother Anne Berry and her sister Bridget Berry together with her children , Mary Anne White 8, Bridget White (my grandmother) 4, Pat (possible Patrick) White 4, and Luke White 10 months old. At the outbreak of WW1 Joseph White then 38 years old enlisted in Army Reserve on 28th Oct 1914. He joined the Army Service Corp (ASC). Army number M1/09084 designates him as a driver. Photos of him in uniform seem to indicate that he was a motorcycle driver/courier. On 17th Nov 1914 he was in France as part of British Expeditionary Force attached to 82 Coy ASC . From his WW1 medal card he was attached to 1st I.C.S.C. (1st Indian Cavalry Divisional Supply Column ASC). He was awarded 1914 Star, British War Medal and British Victory Medal. He returned home to on 21st July 1918 and was discharged on 19th February 1919. His total time in army during WW1 was 5 years 157 days. Joseph lived in Kilcoursey Clara Co Offaly until his death on 15th Nov 1950. In total Joseph served for 17 years and 277 days. Together this would have entitled him to an army pension.