The Soldier's Details

Surname:
White
First Name:
Clive Wharton
Nick Name:
Potty
Rank:
Private
Regimental #:
WX8814
Company:
‘C’ Company
Enlisted:
23.10.1940
Discharged:
15.01.1946
DOB:
1.05.1917
Place of Birth:
Esperance, Western Australia
Father's Name:
Arthur Wharton White
Mothers's Name:
Elsie May Hannah White (nee Jones)
Religion:
Church of England
Pre-war Occupation:
Butcher
Singapore:
Selarang Camp and Barracks Changi
Force:
‘D’ Force Thailand, S Battalion
Camps Thailand:
Kanu II, Hintok RoadCamp, Hintok River Camp, Kinsaiyok, Konkoita, Tamarkan, Tamuang, Petchaburi, Nakom Nayok, Bangkok.
POW#:
4/6793
Return Details 1945:
Thailand-Singapore by aircraft, Singapore-Fremantle, HMT Highland Brigade

General Description

Wally McCudden WX8820 died Chungkai 21/8/1943 with Potty White (Clive Wharton White WX8814)

 

L-R McCudden, Unknown, Unknown & Potty White

 

 

 

Back: L-R Clarrie McDonald, Joe Pearce, George Neville, R. Anderson, ?, Ralph Williams, ? Front: L-R Clive (Potty) White, Charles Fielder, Jim Basel, Reg Stewart, Roy Matthews, Pommie Para, Sid Webb, N. Simmonds
Nayok    Back: L-R Clarrie McDonald, Joe Pearce, George Neville, R. Anderson, ?, Ralph Williams, ? Front: L-R Clive (Potty) White, Charles Fielder, Jim Basel, Reg Stewart, Roy Matthews, Pommie Para, Sid Webb, N. Simmonds

 

Below:  Potty’s parents marry at Kalgoorlie in June 1914.

 

Arthur was born Kapunda, SA in 1886 married in 1914 at Kalgoorlie to Elsie Jones who was born in Victoria in 1890.

Arthur Wharton White was the eldest of three children when his parents James Wharton White and Sophia Agnes Geier moved to Esperance from South Australia. He worked as a government land agent.   Another son James Wharton White (Jnr) was born in Esperance in 1899 followed by another daughter.

Arthur who worked for WAGR and Elsie had Iris, Clive, Mona, Thelma, Arthur, Leticia, and Ruth.

In the Electoral Roll prior to Clive enlisting, his father was recorded as farmer, and his mother Elsie was living at Dempster Street, Esperance.  Clive was also, and recorded as labourer.

Arthur White died in 1955 at Esperance and Elsie Jones died in Perth in 1964.  Both are buried Esperance Cemetery.

Arthur’s father James Wharton White died in 1930 and is also buried at Pink Lake Road, Esperance, with his wife Sophia Agnes. James White remarried and fathered further children following the early death of his first wife Sophia.

After returning from war, it is difficult to track Clive White’s movements.  Other than being recorded living in Northam in the ElectorL Roll in 1954 with no occupation,  again in 1958, 1963 and there are no records to suggest he married.   It also seems Clive may have lived his life out on a pension.

Clive died in 1969 aged 52 years.

 

 

Esperance Boys and mates from ‘C’ Coy, Potty White & Wally McCudden.

McCudden died of illness Thailand.

 

 

Camp Locations:

  • Selarang Barracks Changi - Singapore
  • Selarang Camp Changi - Singapore
  • Hintok, 154k - Thailand
  • Hintok River Camp, 158k - Thailand
  • Kanu II, 152.30k - Thailand
  • Kinsaiyok Main, 170.2k - Thailand
  • Nakom Nayok, Nakhon Nayok - Thailand
  • Petchaburi - Thailand
  • Tamarkan, Tha Makham 56k - Thailand
  • Tamuang, Tha Muang 39k - Thailand
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