A First War Memorial Plaque to the 19th Canadian Infantry; Passchendaele
A First War Memorial Plaque to the 19th Canadian Infantry; Passchendaele - In bronze, in original case of issue, soiled from storage; near mint. Footnote: Joseph George White was born on March 12, 1895 in Hamilton, Ontario, the son of Nicholas White and Caroline White of Hamilton. He signed his Attestation Paper as a Private (406840) with the 36th Infantry Battalion, on April 20, 1915 in Hamilton, at the age of 20, naming his mother as his next-of-kin, stating that he had no previous military service, that he was not married and that his trade was that of Butcher. His father had a butcher shop in Hamilton, with the young Joseph having joined him in the family business but he felt the call to serve his country and joined the Canadian Expeditionary Force. The Battalion was raised and mobilized in Hamilton, Ontario under the authority of G.O. 86, July 1, 1915. The Battalion sailed June 19, 1915 under the command of Lieutenant-Colonel E.C. Ashton with a strength of 39 officers and 1,004 other ranks, arriving in England on the 28th. Two months later, White began to experience pain in his right side. He was admitted to Shorncliffe Military Hospital on September 5, 1915 and it was noted in his Medical Case Sheet upon admission, that "About week & half ago (he) was taken with pain in his right side & felt feverish at night. No vomiting. Did not report sick till Sept. 5th & was sent into Hospital at once." He was diagnosed with Appendicitis and had the appendix removed two days later. After he was deemed okay to be transferred, he was sent to the Voluntary Aid Detachment at Ashford to recuperate on September 15th, where he was to spend the next five weeks, before being discharged on October 21st. By early December, he returned to regular service and was preparing to be transferred to the 19th Infantry Battalion Overseas. He arrived in France and was taken on strength at the Canadian Base Depot on December 8th, proceeding to his unit on the 24th and joining the 19th Infantry Battalion on the 26th. Five months later, White was appointed Acting Lance Corporal with pay on May 8, 1916. His second major health issue took place in July 1916, when he was admitted to No. 4 Canadian Field Ambulance and diagnosed with Influenza on July 22, 1916. He was transferred to No. 2 D.R.S. on the 24th, and immediately placed at No. 5 Canadian Field Ambulance on the same day. After one week, he returned to duty on August 1st. Influenza was to pay him another visit two months later, when he was admitted to No. 4 Canadian Field Ambulance on November 1, 1916 for a five day stay, rejoining his unit on the 6th. Three months after his second bout of Influenza, White was appointed Lance Corporal to completion on February 4, 1917 but reverted to Private at his own request the next day. Later that year, he was to see two additional rank promotions: Lance Corporal to completion on August 16th and Acting Corporal with pay on November 3rd. Corporal White did not live long to enjoy his new rank, as he was admitted to No. 1 Canadian Field Ambulance on November 9th, suffering from gun shot wounds to his chest and left thigh while fighting in the Ypres Salient, during the closing stages of the Second Battle of Passchendaele. He was immediately transferred to No. 10 Casualty Clearing Station the same day but died from his wounds on November 9, 1917, at the age of 22. He is buried at Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, Belgium, Grave Reference: XXII. AA. 25., the cemetery located twelve kilometres west of Ieper (Ypres). His father, Nicholas, received his 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal, as well as his Memorial Plaque and Scroll, while his mother, Caroline, received his Memorial Cross. His father honoured him by hanging the accompanying Individualized Rest in Peace Plaque in his butcher shop in Hamilton.