WHITE, Ernest George

Known as: 
Knocker
Rank: 
Troop Sergeant Major
Unit/Base: 
Regiment/Corps: 
Queen's Own Royal West Kent Regiment
Service: 
Army
Service number: 
6341647
Honours & Awards: 
LSgt Ernest White DCM
Ernest White was awarded the DCM whilst a Corporal for "gallant and distinguished services in successful combined operations against the enemy at Vaagso and Maaloy."
 
Citation
Throughout the operations at Vaagso in South Norway on the 27th December 1941, Cpl. White displayed leadership of a very high order coupled with a remarkable spirit. When his troop Commander had been shot, the other officers in his troop put out of action, and the Troop Sgt Major delayed, Cpl. White took command of the remnants of the troop. He carried out a series of assaults and proceeded in destroying a hotel which was manned as a strong point and continued in charge until the end of the operation. He personally accounted for some 14 of the enemy. His gallantry and leadership were of a high order, and had a direct bearing on the allocated tasks being carried out, within the time limit which had been laid down.
 
He was later promoted and during the action at Agnone, Sicily, was TSM of 4 troop.
 
Sources
Storm from the Sea by Brig Peter Young.
Commando Gallantry Awards of WW2 by George Brown.
London Gazettes Supplement 35510 page 1506.
 

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