10203 A/Corporal Martin White, MM.
1st and 2nd Battalions, East Lancashire Regiment. Awarded the M.M., in the London Gazette of 3 June 1916. White was a native of Burnley, Lancashire.
Awarded the Military Medal for, "conspicuous gallantry under heavy shell and rifle fire. He worked in conjunction with Corporal Tomlinson in a continuous bomb attack on the enemy at Fortin 17. By doing so he materially kept down enemy fire in this quarter and so contributed to the success of the attack on his left".
The Burnley Express of 11 September 1915 reported: -
4th Division, B.E.F. 10203 L/Corporal M. White, 1st Battalion, East Lancashire Regiment. Your commanding officer and brigade commander have informed me that you have distinguished yourself by conspicuous bravery in the field. I have read their reports with much pleasure". H.P.M. Wilson, Major General, commanding 4th Division, 29 July 1915. L/Corporal White wrote to his mother and sister - I am sending you this card I have received from the General.
L/Corporal White's brother James is now training with the 3rd Battalion, East Lancashire Regiment whom he joined at the outbreak of war.
The Burnley Express of 15 July 1916 reported: -
Last September it was reported that L/Corporal Martin White,
(10203), 1st Battalion, East Lancashire Regiment had been commended for conspicuous
bravery. Now he is lying in Dorset County Hospital, Dorchester, with a wound
in the arm. Since his recommendation he has been promoted to sergeant. His late
father served for over 20 years in the West Yorkshire Regiment and there is
another brother out in Mesopotamia at present.
In letters to his mother and sister, Sergeant White says, "5 July. I write to you to let you know I am quite well. I landed in England yesterday. I got wounded on the 1st July in the "Great Push". I am at a grand place here, it is a private hospital. I cannot write very much as I am wounded in the arm. Don't forget to send the "Express". 10 July. My arm is getting much better now, and it won't be long before I am out, I hope. He has since received the Military Medal, and has been twice mentioned in despatches, receiving a card also from General Lambton.
Sergeant M. White is 25 years of age and joined the army seven years ago. When war was declared he was in Africa with the 2nd Battalion, East Lancashire Regiment where he had been for two years. He came over with them in November and proceeded to the front. Previous to enlisting he was a collier at Cheapside Pit, and resided with his mother at Kay Street, Burnley.
In August he sent his mother a letter saying, "I am sending you a card I have received from the General". This was a commendation for bravery as follows, "4th Division, B.E.F. 10203 L/Corporal M. White, 1st Battalion, East Lancashire Regiment. Your commanding officer and brigade commander have informed me that you have distinguished yourself by conspicuous bravery in the field. I have read their reports with much pleasure". H.P.M. Wilson, Major General, commanding 4th Division, 29 July 1915.
The 1st Battalion Ledger at Fulwood Barracks shows he suffered
a gunshot wound to the left arm on the 1 July 1916 and was sent to 12 Field
Ambulance, Royal Army Medical Corps on the same day, and then transferred to
No. 1 General Hospital on the 2 July 1916. He left there for England, sailing
on H.S. Oxfordshire on the 3 July 1916.
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