Photograph courtesy of Timothy



Born: 22nd March 1890, Ipswich.

Died: 24th August 1916; age 26; Died of Wounds at the Empire Hospital, Vincent Square, London.

Residence: Shawnigan Lake, Vancouver Island, British Columbia.

Occupation: Rancher.

Enlistment Details: Location: Valcartier, Quebec, Canada. Date: 17th September 1914; age 24; Religion: CofE. Height: 5ft 6 1/2 inches, fair complexion, blue eyes and brown hair. Next of Kin: Mrs. C.M. White, of 21, Clarkson Street, Ipswich.


Service: Left Canada with ‘E’ company, 7th Battalion, 2nd Brigade of the Canadian Expeditionary Force, on the S.S.’Virginian’, 25th September 1914, with the detachment of the 88th Regiment.


Rank: Lieutenant; Service Number: 16838

Regiment: Canadian Infantry (British Columbia Regiment), 7th Battalion.


Laid to rest in a Private Grave with a private headstone, organised by his widow, Mrs. Helen Baynes, c/o H.M. Trade Commissioner, 11, Grey Street, Wellington, New Zealand.


Grave Reference:


Kensal Green (All Soul’s ) Cemetery,



Relatives Notified & Address: Son of John & Clare White of Ipswich; husband of Helen Mary Baynes (formerly White) nee Meredith.




1891   1, Bent Hill, Felixstowe, Suffolk.


John was a year old, he was with his mother, & sisters visiting his paternal aunt at her home by the beach.

Clara Maria White (nee Cade), 43, born Ipswich.

Mary White, 12, born Kilburn, London.

Edith White, 9, born Ipswich

Elsie White, 7, born Ipswich.

Lois White, 5, born Kensington, St. Mary Abbott’s.

Myra Chivers, 40, a widow, a Housekeeper, born Sparkbank, Birmingham.

3 visitors

1 nursemaid.


John’s father in 1891, was living at 52, Buttermarket, Ipswich the family home & father’s business premises, with his older siblings & maternal grandmother.

John White, 43, a Photographer – own account, born Solihull, Warwickshire.

May White, 15, born London.

Arthur Leslie White, 14, born London.

Maria Cade, 69, a widow, a retired School Mistress, born London.

2 servants.

John on the left wearing his school cap.

1901   Elenroyd, Park Road, Ipswich.


John was 11 years old and living with his parents & siblings.

John, 53, a Photographer – own account.

Clara, 53.

Arthur, 24, a Photographer.

Edith, 19.

2 servants.

John on the far left wearing his school cap.

1911   Shawnigan, Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada.


John was 21 years old and a Labourer.


John’s father John White, a well-known and respected photographer had studios at 52, Butter Market & 18, Upper Brook Street, Ipswich, and with his son Arthur had two studios in Felixstowe, Suffolk. John White had suffered from fearful pains in his head for many years. The pains had become much worse and in December 1909, he died by his own hand, at his Butter Market premises. John was laid to rest at Ipswich Old Cemetery, on Tuesday, 7th December. Floral emblems from his family came from the garden (at 35, Clarkson Street) that he loved so well.



John was 19, when he sailed on the S.S.’Kensington’ of the shipping line Dominion, from the Port of Liverpool. He arrived in Montreal, Canada on the 13th May 1909. His final destination was Salt Spring Island, British Columbia where he wanted to do farming.


On the 1st September 1911, 20 year old, Helen Mary Meredith, departed from the Port of Liverpool, aboard the S.S. ‘Lake Manitoba’ – Master G.C. Evans. She arrived at the Port of Quebec, on the 12th September 1911. Her final destination was Vancouver, British Columbia where she was to be a Domestic.


On the 14th November 1914, at Wimbledon Parish Church, Surrey, 24 year old John, a Private of the Canadian Contingent, based at Salisbury Plain for training, married by licence 24 year old Helen Mary Meredith, born August 1890, Blackheath, Kent, recently of Cobble Hill, Vancouver Island, British Columbia – eldest daughter of George Alfred Meredith, a stockbroker – Stock Exchange – employer, and Gertrude Meredith (nee Paine), of Abingdon House, Balcombe, West Sussex.


Probate to Arthur Leslie White – brother, a photographer, and Harry Hanson – brother-in-law (husband of Mary White), a wholesale stationer.


In November 1918, widow Helen Mary White married soldier, Edward Stuart Augustus Baynes, a Foreign Diplomat and entomologist.


John is also remembered on the Canadian Virtual War Memorial.


Canadian Infantry (British Columbia Regiment), 7th Battalion

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