General Sir George White

Feb 22, 1857 to Jan 8, 1941

General Sir George White
General Sir George White

General Sir George Stewart White VC, GCB, GCSI, GCIE, GCVO was born at Rock Castle, Portstewart, County Londonderry, son of James White of Whitehall, Co. Antrim and Frances Ann Stewart. His mother was a daughter of George Stewart, Surgeon-General to the British Forces in Ireland, and his wife Frances, daughter of Colonel William Stewart M.P., of Killymoon Castle, Co. Tyrone.

He was educated at Bromsgrove School, Worcestershire and later at King William’s College on the Isle of Man. From 1850 White attended the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst where he achieved the rank of Under Officer.After graduating from Sandhurst, White was commissioned into the 27th (Inniskilling) Regiment of Foot in 1853 and saw service in the Indian Mutiny.

In the second Afghan War of 1879/80, he was awarded the Victoria Cross and during 1880 and 1881 he served as Military Secretary to the Viceroy in India. In 1885, he was assigned to special service in Egypt.  The same year, he became Brigadier-General in Madras. He became Commanding-Brigadier on the Burmese expedition of 1885-6 and from 1886-89 he commanded the Upper Burma Field Force. In 1889, he was promoted to Major-General and then Commander-In-Chief West Indies. Between 1898-99, he served as Quarter Master General Headquarters of Army.

In 1899, now promoted to Lieutenant-General, White commanded the Natal Forces in South Africa and was confined in Ladysmith during the Siege. In July 1900, he became Commander-In-Chief, Gibralter. In 1874 he married Amelia Baly – the daughter of the Joseph Baly, Archdeacon of Calcutta.  They had 5 children. He was a famous son of the Gordon Highlanders and died on 24th June 1912.