WHITE, William

Known as: 
Bill or Chalky
Essex Regiment
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Sergeant William White 2 Commando
Sergeant Bill 'Chalky' White received a MiD in recognition of distinguished services in connection with operations in Norway [1].  He was serving with No. 3 Independent Company who embarked for Norway as part of Scissors Force. Later he joined No 2 Commando taking part in operations including Salerno, where he was wounded and evacuated to Phillipville in North Africa [2]. 
Eric Buckmaster of 5 troop No. 2 Commando remembers him, "I did know Sgt Chalky White, I believe that he was in HQ Troop. I also recall that I thought that he was closely linked to Colonel Newman. They both worked for W & C French, Civil Engineering Contractors, at Buckhurst Hill, Essex. before and after the War. However, Sgt Chalky White was with us, in Italy, and was wounded like me at Salerno. we were evacuated to Phillipville in North Africa. When we were released from the field hospital, we made our way to Bizerta, Tunis to get a boat back to Sicily. Chalky White went down with Malaria and we had to leave him behind again in Bizerta."
Read more about his MiD here [Report by Lt. Clibborn].
[1] London Gazettes Supp. 35020, page 7202
[2] Eric Buckmaster No. 2 Commando.


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