|Lt. General Sir George White VC, GCB
Born at Ballymena, County Antrim in 1835 and educated at King William’
s College on the Isle of Man. Commissioned into the 27th Regiment of
Foot following his graduation from Sandhurst. Served with the 27th
Regiment in the Indian Mutiny and as Second in Command of the 92nd
Regiment in the Second Afghan War.
He was awarded the Victoria Cross at age 44 for actions on 6 October
1879 at Charasiah, Afghanistan when he led an attack on a strongly
fortified hill where enemy forces outnumbered his by eight to one.
When his men became exhausted and immediate action seemed necessary,
he took a rifle and running forward alone shot the enemy leader,
whereupon, the enemy fled the field. At the battle of Kandahar, Major
White led the final charge and personally captured one of the two guns
held by the enemy, which immediately retired.
White became the Colonel Commanding of the 92nd Foot in 1881. He
was knighted in 1886 for his services in Burma and was appointed the
Commander in Chief of her Majesty’s Forces in India in 893. He was
commander of the garrison at the Siege of Ladysmith in 1899 during the
Boer War. He was appointed Governor of Gibraltar in 1900 and was
made Field Marshal in 1903. He died at Chelsea Hospital in London on
24 June 1912.
General White's medals appeared at Sotheby's on March 6, 1986 and
now reside in the Gordon Highlanders Museum in Aberdeen.