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Charles Kirbell White and Frank Cuthbert White – WW1 Quorn casualties

Charles Kirbell White and his younger brother Frank Cuthbert White, lived with their parents and other siblings, at Rose Cottage on Loughborough Road, Quorn, where three houses stand today (see Artefact 1242). Their father George was a very well known public figure in the village. He was a solicitor, clerk to Quorndon Urban District Council, and he also held several other offices, as well as being a local property developer.

Frank White was killed on the 13th May 1915, when the Leicestershire Yeomanry found themselves involved in the battle of Frezenburg; a stage in the Second Battle of Ypres in Belgium. Many young men from Quorn had joined the Leicestershire Yeomanry and seven of them lost their lives that day. Frank’s body was never recovered and his name appears on the Menin Gate Memorial.

The war was finally drawing to a close, when George and Mary White received the news that their eldest son, Charles, had also died in action. He was killed at Beaulencourt in France on 1st September 1918 and was later buried in the nearby war cemetery.

The lives of these two brave men are commemorated in a stained glass window, on the North side of St Bartholomew’s Church in Quorn.

Below are several items that belonged to Charles and Frank, together with a photograph of Charles standing outside Rose Cottage.

Top right:
The two bronze memorial plaques, issued after Charles and Frank died. The plaques are 5 inches in diameter (120 mm) and embossed with their names. Each plaque was sent to the next of kin and accompanied by a letter from Buckingham Palace. One of the letters is immediately below the plaques, and says “I join with my grateful people in sending you this memorial of a brave life given for others in the Great War. George RI.”

Bottom left:
A ‘Princess Mary’ tobacco tin given to either Charles or Frank, dated Christmas 1914. There would have been cigarettes in one side and tobacco on the other side. The original packet of tobacco is still there.

Bottom right:
These are silver vesta cases that Charles and Frank took to war (used to hold matches). The first is engraved with the initials CKW and the one underneath is engraved FCW.

See also Artefact 1851.

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 Submitted on: 2013-08-30
 Submitted by: Sue Templeman
 Artefact ID: 1797
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