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Memorable Manitobans: Wendell Herbert Arthur Franklin White (1914-2009)


Born at Dauphin on 6 September 1914, son of William Herbert White and Martha Sarah Willey (1888-1959), he grew up at Minitonas and was the valedictorian of his 1936 graduating class from Brandon College, having attained a BA degree. He taught in rural Manitoba, including at Mountview School (1937-1938), Cardale School (1938-1939) and was Principal of Wingham School (1939-1940) before enlisting for military service during the Second World War. He served in the Royal Canadian Air Force, made the rank of Sergeant by 1942, and for a time was posted within the Air Training Command No. 2 to the Bombing and Gunnery School No. 3 at Dafoe, Saskatchewan. He married Constance Lorraine Hewitt (1914-1998) at the Selkirk residence of Mr. W. E. Gordon on 9 May 1942. They settled in Regina and had a son, James Hewett “Jimmy” White (1944-2010), and within a few year had moved to Toronto. He died at Carleton Place, Ontario on 2 August 2009 and was buried in the Military Section of Beechwood Cemetery in Ottawa.


Birth registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

Attestation papers [William Herbert White], Canadian Expeditionary Force, Library and Archives Canada.

“Wants Britain to keep out of Ethiopian War [Letter to the Editor],” Winnipeg Free Press, 31 August 1935, page 22.

“Twenty graduates will receive degrees from Brandon College at convocation on Tuesday next,” Brandon Daily Sun, 23 May 1936, page 2.

“Sinclair River News [Mr. and Mrs. Howell ...],” Swan Valley Star and Times, 19 August 1937, page 3.

“Minitonas Airman is wedded at Selkirk, Manitoba,” Swan River Star, 14 May 1942, page 1.

“Sinclair River,” Swan River Star, 1 April 1943, page 3.

“Sinclair River,” Swan Valley Star and Times, 22 August 1946, page 3.

“Looking back [40 years ago - Sinclair River],” Swan Valley Star and Times, 1 November 1984, page 7B.

O’Byrne of Pendleton family tree, Ancestry.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 18 September 2018

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