Hon. Major F F White (Paymaster)

Francis Freeman White was an officer in the Army Pay Corps attached to the 1st Battalion 24th Regiment. He joined the army as an ensign on 15th Feb 1850, promoted to lieutenant on 5th May 1854. He joined the 24th as paymaster on 11th July 1856 and was appointed honorary major on 11th July 1866. Paymasters are not normally expected to fight alongside the rest of the regiment but at Isandhlwana on 22nd Jan 1879, at the age of 49, he had no choice but to fight and die like the rest of them.

Regimental details | Soldiers at Isandhlwana


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