Fonds 86 - Militia Memories / by Colonel Walter W. White

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Militia Memories / by Colonel Walter W. White

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  • 1943 (Creation)
    White, Walter W., Colonel

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2 cm of textual records

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Walter Woodworth White was born in Saint John, New Brunswick, in 1862, son of Vincent S. (1818-1892) and Charlotte (Douglas) White. He was educated at Saint John High School, University of New Brunswick, McGill University, and the universities of Edinburgh and Glasgow.

He was a surgeon in the General public Hospital, 1890-1912; surgeon Lancaster Hospital, 1919-1930; president of the Saint John Medical Society, New Brunswick Medical Association, Canadian Medical Association, Medical Council of Canada; member of the Senate of U.N.B.; chairman of the Boy's Industrial Home; governor of the Wiggins Male Orphanage; director of the Bank of Nova Scotia; member of the Saint John Board of School Trustees; Alderman, Saint John, 1891, 1893 and 1907; warden Saint John City and County, 1901 and 1930; mayor of Saint John, 1902-1906, 1926-1931; president of the board of Commissioners, Saint John General Hospital, 1942-1952.

Walter White was commissioned in 1887 and served until 1908; when he was placed on the reserve of officers. During the First World War he was transferred to active duty to the Canadian Army Medical Corps with the rank of lieutenant colonel serving as a consulting surgeon until the end of the war at which time he was promoted to colonel and placed on the Artillery Reserve. He was serving as Medical Officer in Halifax at the time of the Halifax Explosion of 1917 and was mentioned in dispatches for his work during and after the disaster.

He married Nellie G. Troop in 1893 and had one son and three daughters: Douglas Vincent (b. 1895); Mary Woodworth (b. 1897), who married Donald F. Angus of Montreal; Edith DeSoyres (b. 1898), who married H. Atwood Bridges; Constance St. John (b. 1904), who married H.G. Harvey Smith. Walter White died in 1952 in Saint John.

Prominent People of New Brunswick, 1937;
New Brunswick Political Biography

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This fonds consists of a manuscript book by Walter White about his militia memories from 1884 to 1942. It makes reference to the contingent sent to the Boer War from Saint John and describes White's experiences during the Halifax Explosion.

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Acquired from Mary Angus, White's daughter (Montreal), 1982


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  • English

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