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Soldier – White, Norman – Did Not Recognise King!

March 1940

Mexborough and Swinton Times, March 23, 1940

Did Not Recognise King!

Corporal Norman White, son of Mrs. White and the late Mr. Jack White, of School Street, Darfield, has had a most interesting life since he joined the Forces about five years ago.

He signed at the age of 20 for four years and three on reserve, but owing to the war was called up shortly after leaving the Army. Corporal White came up with his regiment from London to Sheffield Cathedral when the late Bishop of Sheffield dedicated and hung the colours of, the Coldstream Guards in Sheffield Cathedral.

He recalls an incident when he was on guard at Buckingham Palace, and was standing beside an old guard, who suddenly came to attention as a quite ordinary looking individual approached in informal clothes. Corporal White’s comrade whispered “Stand at attention, it’s the King.” It was our late King George V.

Corporal White went out to France a few weeks after the outbreak of war. and is very comfortable there.

During his life in the Army he has done a good deal of boxing and swimming, and has gained prizes for both.