Archie Cecil Thomas White

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For those of a similar name, see Archibald White (disambiguation).
Archie White VC.jpg
Born 5 October 1890
Boroughbridge, North Riding of Yorkshire, England
Died 20 May 1971
Camberley, Surrey, England
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Years of service 1914-1947
Rank Colonel
Unit Green Howards
Royal Army Education Corps
Commands held Chief Education Officer, 21st Army Group
Battles/wars World War I
Russian Civil War
World War II
Awards Victoria Cross (UK) ribbon.png Victoria Cross
Military Cross

Colonel Archibald Cecil Thomas White VC MC (5 October 1890 – 20 May 1971[1]) was an English recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces.

White was 25 years old, and a temporary captain in the 6th (Service) Battalion, Alexandra, Princess of Wales's Own (Yorkshire Regiment), later known as the Green Howards, British Army during the First World War when the following deed took place for which he was awarded the VC.

During the period 21 September to 1 October 1916 at Stuff Redoubt, France, Captain White was in command of the troops which held the southern and western faces of a redoubt. For four days and nights by skilful disposition he held the position under heavy fire of all kinds and against several counterattacks. Although short of supplies and ammunition, his determination never wavered and when the enemy attacked in greatly superior numbers and had almost ejected our troops from the redoubt, he personally led a counter-attack which finally cleared the enemy out of the southern and western faces.[2]

He later transferred to the Army Education Corps and achieved the rank of colonel. He wrote a history of the corps, published in 1963.[3]

His Victoria Cross is displayed at the Green Howards Museum in Richmond, North Yorkshire, England. A book on his life and that of his schoolfriend and fellow VC Donald Simpson Bell called 'A Breed Apart' by Richard Leake was published by Great North Publishing in 2008. "The story of White and Bell deserves to be known by a wider audience. To have two school friends both awarded the VC on the same battlefield is probably unique in British military history," said Richard Leake.


  1. ^ "Remembrance - The Yorkshire Regiment, First World War". Retrieved January 11, 2013. 
  2. ^ "(Supplement) no. 29802". The London Gazette. 26 October 1916. p. 10394. Retrieved 10 April 2015. 
  3. ^ The Broughbridge VC

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