John White M.M.
My maternal Grandfather John White won the Military Medal at, or just after, the Third Battle of Gaza in 1917. Although he never used the initials after his name as he was entitled to, it's about time they were so used.

At the outbreak, he and his twin brother George walked the 25 miles from Wilton to Devizes to join up at the 1st/4th Wilts Regimental Depot at Le Marchant Barracks.

After training on the Plain, they sailed from Southampton on the 'Kenilworth Castle' on 9th October 1914, were held at Suez due to an expected Turkish attack, arrived Bombay 9th November, then spent three years in India, as the regular troops there were sent back to the Western Front. Back to Egypt and Palestine on the HMT 'Kashmir' leaving Bombay Sat 15th Sept '17 and arriving at Suez Mon 24th Sept. Wounded by shell shrapnel in November 1917. The wounded were sheltered in the monastery at Kuryet-El-Enab, before being moved to Cairo Military Hospital.

Most of the Indian photos are from George's album, now with my cousin Robin White.

Bandsman, L/Cpl, Sgt. 200362
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