Niagara County

World War II - Four White Brothers Served


Lockport Union Sun and Journal, Wed., Nov. 17, 1943

Three brothers in the service, two of whom are in the Army Air Corps, are featured in today's Honor Roll.

Pvt. Maurice White, 26, son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred White, 84 North Adam St. is with an Infantry division and believed to be overseas. He was employed by the Flintkote Company prior to entering the service in April. He was formerly stationed at Ft. Meade, Md.

His brother, Aviation Student Thomas White, 22, is with the Army Air Corps at Geneva College, Beaver Falls, Pa. He was employed by the United Paper Board Company before entering the Army in February. He spent the first seven months of his service with the Field Artillery at Ft. Bragg, N.C. before transferring to the Air Corps.

The third brother, Aviation Cadet, Earl C. White, 19, is receiving his basic training as a pilot in the Army Air Corps at Walnut Ridge Ark. A graduate of Lockport High School, he entered the service in January.

Lockport Union Sun and Journal, Thursday, September 28, 1944

Ends Boot Training - HA 2-C Lawrence White, U.S. Navy, son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred White, 84 North Adam St., is home on a 7-day leave from Sampson Naval Training Station, where he recently completed his boot training. He attended North Park High School and was employed by the Sardik Food Products Company. He has three brothers in the service, Pfc. Maurice White, seriously wounded in France, Lieut. Earl White, a pilot in Italy, Pfc. Thomas White in the infantry at Camp Polk, La.

Lockport Union Sun and Journal, August [28?], 1945

Flier in Florida

1st Lieut. Earl C. White, 21, son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred White, 84 North Adam St., is now stationed at Boca Raton Army Air Field, Fla.

He served overseas with the Italy-based 15th Air Force as a pilot of a B-17. For extraordinary and meritorious achievement in 35 missions totalling 265 combat hours, Lieut. White was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters. He also wears three battle stars on his Mediterranean Theater Ribbon.

Lockport Union Sun and Journal, Saturday Evening, June 29, 1946

In Memoriam

In loving memory of our dearly beloved son and brother Maurice A. White who was killed in action two years ago, June 29, 1944.

When we look upon your picture
Sweet memories we recall
Of a face so full of sunshine
And a smile for one and all
Good was his heart and his friendship true
Loved and respected by all he knew
To a beautiful life came a sudden end,
He died as he lived, everyone's friend

Sadly missed by Mother, Dad, Brothers and Sisters

Lockport Union Sun and Journal, Thursday, June 29, 1950

In memory of Maurice A. White, pfc, who was killed in action in France six years ago today, June 29, 1944.

A gold star shines in the sky tonight,
A star for a boy so brave
Who died in France
Proud of the life he gave.
Now he lies in that far off land
And a white cross bears the name
Of a dear son and brother whom we shall never forget
Till that day we shall see him again.

Lovingly remembered by Father, Mother, Sisters and Brothers.

Census Records

1925 NYS Census, Slayton Settlement Rd., Lockport, Niagara, NY
White, Fred G., 39, Canada, farm laborer, been in the country for 2 months
White, Matilda M., wife, 38, Canada, housework
White, Mildred K., dau., 15, Canada, housework
White, F. George, son, 13, Canada, school
White, Maurice A., son, 10, Canada, school
White, L. Irene, dau., 8 Canada, school
White, Beatrice E., dau., 6, Canada, school
White, Thomas E, son, 3, Canada
White, C. Earl, son, 1, Canada

1930 and 1940 census shows a son, Lawrence born about 1927 in NY

Other notes

Found in border crossing and military enlistment records:

The family moved to Lockport, NY from Centralia, Canada on 25 Mar 1925; Fred George White, b. 25 Feb 1885 in Pickering, Canada. His wife, Maria, and children, Mildred, F. George, M. Andrew, L. Irene, Beatrice, Edward (Thomas), and Cortlan (Earl). They were going to his sister, Mrs. C. Drake in Lockport, NY and were crossing the Lewiston Bridge. Fred had lived in the U.S. from March 1886 to April 1904 in Wilson, NY. He also has a sister, Mrs. Ed Campell of Crediton, Ontario, Canada.

Maria Mathilda White, b. 2 Nov 1885 in Dashwood, Ontario, Canada; Mother, Mrs. Andrew Bierlinag of Dashwood, Canada.

Mildred Cathleen White, b. 26 Mar 1908 in Exeter, Canada.

Fred George White, b. 1 Apr 1912 in London, Canada.

Maurice Andrew White, b. 2 Feb 1914 in Stephen, Canada; enlisted on 10 Apr 1943. He was first reported as wounded and then as killed in action. His parents were Fred and Matilda White and his wife was Edna Mae of Lockport.

I haven't found L. Irene in the border crossing records.

Beatrice Evelyn White, b. 3 Jun 1919 in Stephen, Canada.

Thomas Edward White, b. 18 Sep 1921 in Dashwood, Ontario, Canada; last resided in Centralia, Canada, before coming to Lockport; enlisted; died on 22 Oct 1988 in Florida; buried in Corwin cemetery in Newfane, Niagara County, NY.

Earl Cortlan White, b. 26 Jan 1924 in McGillsvray, Canada; last resided in Centralia, Canada, before coming to Lockport; enlisted 12 Jan 1943; died 4 Nov 2010 in Lockport, NY

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