Basil Stewart White

Name

Basil Stewart White

Conflict

First World War

Date of Death / Age

17/02/1917

Rank, Service Number & Service Details

Private
G/50193
Royal Fusiliers
23rd Bn.

Awards

Not Yet Researched

Cemetery/Memorial

THIEPVAL MEMORIAL
Pier and Face 8 C 9 A and 16 A.
France

UK Memorials

Much Hadham Village Memorial
St Andrew’s Church Memorial, Much Hadham
Stone Bench Plaque, Much Hadham
Congregational Church Memorial, Hadham Cross
Not on the Little Hadham memorials

Pre War

Basil was born at Bocking.

Wartime Service

23rd Royal Fusiliers War Diary Extract: 17th Feb 1917 -Attack Zero, 5.45. Casualties 240: Officers - 5 killed, 4 wounded, 1 missing. Other ranks - 30 killed, 165 wounded, 32 missing. Battle History Notes: The 23rd Royal Fusiliers were part of 3 divisions that attacked the German line at Miraumont. The 23rd Royal Fusiliers objective was Hill 130. The ground over which the men were to attack was heavily frozen due to 5 weeks of freezing conditions, so it was decided that the rate of advance for the first 100 yards would be 3 minutes and 4 minutes per 100 yards afterwards. However, the day before the attack a thaw occurred, which made the creeping artillery barrage that the soldiers were to follow inaccurate. The ground had become very slippery and with the early morning mist and battle smoke the soldiers lost their way and became scattered. The attack faltered and a German counter attack inflicted many casualties and pushed the British back. Shortly after the attack the Germans, as planned, withdrew to the Hindenburg line.

Acknowledgments

Malcolm Lennox, “Lest We Forget – Much Hadham 1914-18” by Richard Maddams (Much Hadham Forge Museum)