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White, Charles Harold Ophir (1896–1915)

Official information has been received that Second-Lieutenant Charles Harold Ophir White, previously reported wounded, and later wounded and missing, was killed in action on August 8. Born 20 years ago on the R.M.S. Ophir—after which vessel he was named—then en route from England to Sydney, Second-Lieutenant White was educated at Fort-street School. For a number of years he was connected with St. James's Church, King-street. Prior to enlisting he lived with his parents in Upper Avenue-road, Mosman. Always a keen military enthusiast, the young officer entered heart and soul in the universal military training scheme at its commencement, and was colour-sergeant, and later lieutenant, in the 17th Batt. (Mosman area). At the earliest opportunity Lieutenant White enlisted in the infantry, sinking his rank in so doing. It was for the fine work he performed when sergeant that he was mentioned in despatches. In the fighting of the early part of August last he was wounded in the neck, but did not leave the trenches until his wound became septic some days afterwards. He won his star a little later.

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'White, Charles Harold Ophir (1896–1915)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 29 October 2020.

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Life Summary [details]


at sea


8 August 1915

Cause of Death

killed in action

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