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WHITE, Alfred, Private (1/1745 ),
3rd Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment, 1952

Private White was the signaller attached to the fighting patrol of A Company, 3 RAR, whose task was to raid the feature known as Point 115 on the night of 12 July 1952. Within ten yards of the trench encircling Point 115, the patrol came under intense machine-gun fire and was bombarded with grenades thrown by the enemy in the trench, seriously wounding the patrol commander, the second-in-command, a section corporal and inflicting heavy casualties on the remainder. Private White joined in the firefight, at the same time informing his company headquarters of the situation. On receiving orders to withdraw he assumed command of the patrol which, by this time was in some confusion, and organised its orderly withdrawal and the evacuation of the wounded to a firm base. He returned three times to within five yards of the enemy trench, each time carrying a casualty. After searching unsuccessfully for his wounded commander, he rejoined the firm base where he remained under heavy fire until all casualties had been evacuated. In assuming control in a critical situation, Private White displayed leadership of a high order and through his outstanding courage and devotion to duty saved many casualties from death or capture.

WHITE, Herbert Gordon, Private (2/400430),
3rd Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment, 1952

Private White was a rifleman in D Company, 3 RAR, who participated in numerous reconnaissances and fighting patrols against the enemy. On all occasions his conduct was outstanding and he proved steady and reliable, carrying out his duties in a most efficient and courageous manner. On the night of 2/3 September 1952, Private White was a member of a ten-man patrol which established an ambush in front of friendly forward defended localities. This position was attacked by approximately twenty enemy soldiers and, in the ensuing fight, the patrol commander was seriously wounded and the second-in-command was killed. After the patrol had beaten back the enemy, inflicting heavy casualties, Private White assumed command and reorganised the patrol to withstand a further attack. He then called for stretcher-bearers and, on their arrival, supervised the evacuation of his own and the enemy casualties. Private White remained in command until withdrawn at first light. His initiative and determination in assuming command and his leadership and thoroughness while in command, ensured that the morale and confidence of all remaining members of a patrol which had suffered heavy casualties were maintained until its return to safety.


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