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Allen White

 

Date and Place of Birth: March 22, 1896 St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada
Date and Place of Death:    July 18, 1918 near Soissons, France
Baseball Experience: Amateur
Position: Unknown
Rank: Corporal
Military Unit: Company K, 9th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Division US Army
Area Served: France

Allen B. White, the son of William and Nellie White, was born on March 22, 1896 in St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada. His family moved to Chelsea, Massachusetts in 1904, where he attended The Carter School. He was also a member of the Somerset Club and a star player on the club’s baseball team.

White enlisted with the Army on May 1, 1917 and was assigned to Company K, 9th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Division. He attained the rank of corporal in August and went to France with the regiment in September. In a letter to his mother on July 4, he wrote: “wrote, "This is a holiday, the Fourth of July. We had a good dinner but the German's will not give us any peace in which to eat it. We have been dodging shells all day. You want to cheer up mother. The stars and stripes will be flying from the flag staff at Berlin next Fourth of July."

On July 18, 1918, Corporal White was killed in action south of Soissons, France. He was 22 years old.

Sources
St. John’s Daily Star, September 4, 1918
Report of the Commission on Massachusetts' Part in the World War (Volume v.2), Boston, Wright & Potter, 1929

Date Added September 7, 2013

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