White, Walter

White, Walter              1916 June 30th                     Newton Toney/Bramshott

Sad End of a Newton Toney Farmer’s Son

The funeral took place on Friday at Newton Toney of the youngest son of Mr and Mrs C R White, who died at Bramshott Military Hospital on the previous Monday as the result of an accident.

Walter Tyhurst White, acting Lance-corporal of the Mechanical Transport, ASC, was returning on the previous Saturday evening from Portsmouth on a motor cycle to Witley Camp, Surrey, when a dog ran across the road. He swerved to avoid it, but failed to do so, and was thrown heavily, apparently falling on the back of his head. When picked up he was suffering from severe concussion and was immediately conveyed to the hospital, but did not recover consciousness. At the inquest held at Bramshott, a soldier who was the only witness of the fatality, stated that the Lance-Corporal was travelling at a moderate pace, probably about 14 miles an hour.

A verdict of “Accidental Death” was returned.

Lance Corporal White, who was 23 years of age, had lived at Manor Farm, Newton Toney, for the past 16 years and was well known and respected in the village and district. Shortly before joining up he undertook the secretaryship of the Bourne Valley Temperance Union. He enlisted in the Mechanical Transport ASC last November, and was to have proceeded overseas shortly.

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