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6977506   Sergeant Robert George (Bertie) White
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 30/12/2015
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 156th Battalion, Parachute Regiment (British Army)
Date Of Birth: 26/09/1914
Died: 19/09/1944 (Killed in Action)
Age: 30
Summary      
Robert Graham (Bertie) White was the son of Abraham and Elizabeth White. Robert was born on the 26th May 1914. Bertie White enlisted with the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers aged 16 (he lied about his age), before transferring to the, Parachute Regiment. Sergeant Robert Graham (Bertie) White was shot down when parachuting onto Ginkel Heath on the second day of the Battle of Arnhem in the Netherlands on 19th September 1944. Sergeant Robert White was 30 years old and not 32 as stated in the records.
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Robert Graham (Bertie) White was the son of Abraham and Elizabeth White. Robert was born on the 26th May 1914.
Bertie White enlisted with the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers aged 16 (he lied about his age), before transferring to the Parachute Regiment.
Unfortunately Bertie and his betrothed were unable to marry as they had intended because of the war. They had one child, Susan.
Sergeant Robert Graham (Bertie) White was shot down when parachuting onto Ginkel Heath on the second day of the Battle of Arnhem in the Netherlands on 19th September 1944. Sergeant Robert White was 30 years old and not 32 as stated in the records.
Bertie's name is commemorated with the Bush Flute Band, also known as the 'Sergeant White Memorial Flute Band' Bush, Dungannon, Co Tyrone.
Bertie also has relations living at the Bush, Dungannon.
His name is commemorated on the War Memorial in Dungannon and also on the War Memorial in Moy.
The CWGC record Sergeant Bertie White as the son of Abraham and Elizabeth White, formally of Moy, County Tyrone.
Sergeant Bertie White is buried in Arnhem Oosterbeek War Cemetery. The personal inscription of his grave reads 'No greater love have no man than to lay down his life for his friend'.
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Relevant Dungannon Area Locations
No Location Region Location Notes Longtitude Latitude
1 Moy Moy CWGC lists parents in Moy 54.447985 -6.695445
References and Links
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1 Airborne Assault Paradata Gives some information on Bertie White
2 Arnhem Oosterbeek War Cemetery Photo of Bertie White's gravestone. Grave 5-B-10
3 Pegasus Archive Bertie White died when plane was shot down by flak
4 Special Forces Roll of Honour Lists Bertie White as Killed In Action
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