2nd Lieutenant Alexander Blair White

Biography of 2nd Lieutenant Alexander Blair White

Alexander Blair White was the son of Thomas Blair White and Charlotte Alice White of Northgate, Annan, Dumfriesshire. His brother, John Pendleton White, was a Medical graduate of Glasgow University.

Alexander was educated at Annan Academy in Dumfries and Galloway. Upon leaving school he joined the Annan branch of the Bank of Scotland, before transferring to the London City and Midland Bank, where he worked in the head office.

Alexander enlisted from London in 1915, serving as Rifleman (number 4707) in the 2/12th Battalion (The Rangers) of the London Regiment. He landed with his battalion at Le Havre in February 1917 and was renumbered as Rifleman (417808). In July he was selected for officer training and, after a period as a cadet at Magdelen College in Cambridge, he was commissioned to the 5th Kings Own Scottish Borderers in December 1917.

White was killed in action whilst leading an attack on Buzancy on the 23rd July 1918. He was aged 23.

White is remembered with Honour at Buzancy Military Cemetery. He is remembered named on the Annan Academy memorial, on the Annan War Memorial and on the London and City Bank Memorial at Canary Wharf, London.

There is no known association between Alexander White and the University of Glasgow. His name is included on the online Roll of Honour due to a letter the University received from Alexander's father on the 1st of January 1919, informing them that Alexander had been killed in action.


2nd Lieutenant Alexander Blair White
Rank: 2nd Lieutenant
Regiment: 5th Kings Own Scottish Borderers
Degree: N/A
Awards: N/A
Comments: Killed in action 23 July 1918
Note/Press Clipping: Ch 4/4/2/3/479
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No known association with the University of Glasgow. His brother, John Pendleton White was a student here.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission, external source, (CWGC)

Scottish Military Research Group

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