Historical information

Alexander Henry White, born 9 May 1882 was educated at Greenville College Ballarat. He enlisted in the Victorian Mounted rifles in 1899 and continued to serve in the Light Horse followinh Federation. Following the outbreak of World War One he applied for a commission in the AIF 19 November 1914 and was appointed as Commanding Officer 8th Light Horse regiment. He was 32 yers of age, married with one child.
He sailed with the regiment to Egypt in December 1914, and in May 1915 landed at Gallipoli. Lieutenant Colonel received a shrapnel wound to the scalp 27June, was treated at the Casualty Clearing Station, and returned to duty 4 July.
In the Charge at the Nek, 7 August, White chose to lead the first wave of the 8th Light Horse. He was killed in action and his body never identified. His name is recorded on Lone Pine Memorial, Gallipoli Peninsula.
He was posthumously mentioned in dispatches for his leadership in commanding the 8th Light Horse.

Physical description

Framed case containing portrait of Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Henry White, together with his medals (replica) and colour patches of 8th Light Horse.

Inscriptions & markings

On plaque under portrait 'Lt Col Alexander White / Commanding Officer 8 Light Horse Regiment' and under medals 'Lt. Col. Alexander White borne 9 May 1882 / K.I.A. 7 August 1915 at the NEK Gallipoli'