Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 1917, Private Thomas David McGregor White, 15th Battalion, the Highland Light Infantry, died from injuries received three days earlier during the fighting near St. Quentin in France.
The son of a domestic coachman, Private White was educated at Hillhead School in Glasgow before attending the University of Glasgow. He studied Divinity, Constitional Law and History, Latin, Geography, History, Greek, Logic and Higher History, graduating in June of 1914 with a Master of Arts degree and several prizes and certificates of distinction.
He became a missionary with the Barony United Free Church and then enlisted with the 15th Battalion (the Glasgow Boys Brigade), the Highland Light Infantry. After training the battalion arrived in France in November of 1915 and fought on the front lines in France and Flanders, and saw action at the Battle of the Somme.
Private White was wounded in action on the 1st of April, 1917. The British line had advanced to within two miles of St. Quentin on the Hindenberg Line and the enemy was in retreat. His wounds were grievous and he could not be saved, dying three days later. He is buried in the Cayeux Military Cemetery on the Somme; on his headstone are the words, “Asleep in Jesus”, and he is remembered on the war memorial at the University of Glasgow chapel.
Thomas, from St. Ninian’s, Stirlingshire, was 28 years old.