Introducing Private William White

The original website about Private William White: Crayford’s Unknown Warrior was put together by Bexley Local Studies & Archive Centre, in partnership with Crayford Town Archive and funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).

It was part of a project which aims to restore to local memory the story of the funeral of ‘Private William James Chalky’ White and how it came to represent the loss felt by countless others.

Private White died on 11th July 1916, aged just 23, after being wounded while in battle near Ypres. William White was the first Crayford soldier to be buried at home and his service at St Paulinus Church became a focus locally for families who were also grieving their loved ones who had fallen.

William White’s story can be told thanks to a £39,500 grant from the HLF. This funding has been used to produce a range of activities and resources that are available to download for free from this website.

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