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Alec Baker White

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Alec Baker White (1888-1954)

1888 Born the son of John Baker White, Landowner and J.P. for Kent, and his wife Dora

1908 'Alec Baker White, of Seafield Park, Fareham, Hants, was summoned Police Court yesterday for having driven a motor-car recklessly....had been five times previously convicted.'[1] (Numerous other convictions for motoring offences in the press)

1910 Bankruptcy hearing. 'A receiving order has been made in the Southampton Bankruptcy Court against Mr. Alec Baker White, and accounts have been filed showing his financial position. It appears that on his coming of age last year, Mr. White received under his father’s will £25,000, with accumulations of income during minority amounting to £2,000. Last May a company was registered as Rose and White, Limited, to manufacture aeroplanes and dirigible balloons and other machines for aerial navigation, and for other purposes.....Within a period of two years, appeared, Mr. White had nineteen motor cars, and raced at Brooklands. He also had various times the yacht and two motor launches, and paid a deposit of £400 to purchase an aeroplane which was to cost £800.'[2]

1911 'Alec Baker White, a young man, was charged with having been drunk whilst riding a motor bicycle in High-street, Godalming...saw prisoner a motor bicycle in High-street, swaying from one side of the road to the other. As there was no light on the machine witness stopped him. Witness could see that he was drunk. When for his license, prisoner abused him in disgraceful manner. At the Police-station prisoner had to be supported. Inspector Tudgay, who was duty at the Police station, said the prisoner was drunk, had to stand against the wall to support himself, and could not speak plainly....Mr. Turner said his client had come down in the world, and was now working mechanic for Mr. MacNabb, of Liphook'[3] (See Trump Motors)

WWI Royal Army Service Corps

1939 Living in 41 Watling Street Square, Canterbury, Agricultural Tractor Driver and single.[4]

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Sources of Information

  1. Morning Post - Tuesday 03 November 1908
  2. Whitstable Times and Herne Bay Herald - Saturday 16 July 1910
  3. Portsmouth Evening News - Tuesday 24 January 1911
  4. 1939 Census