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metadata.territoryanzacs.dc.title: Max White
Name: White, Max
Rank: Captain
Place of Birth: Muswellbrook (N.S.W.)
Biographical notes: Max White was born in 1895 and lived from 1926 at Yagobie till his death. He was a top class polo player through the 1920s. White retired to Glen Royal and died in Moree District Hospital on 27 July 1966 at the age of 71. He was accorded with full military honours at his funeral and an RSL service was conducted, with members of Gravesend and Moree sub branches in attendances. Stanner referred him as “gallant, skilful soldier”. He was a cousin of Patrick White, the author.
Occupation: Pastoralist
Date of Enlistment: 17-Jul-1942
Age at Enlistment: 19
Unit: 5th Brigade of the Royal Frontier Artillery (RFA); 64th Battery Royal Frontier Artillery
Service: Non-Australian Service
Date of Death: 1966-07-27
Place of Death: Moree District Hospital
Service History: At the outbreak of war, Max White was studying at Oxford in England. White joined the Special Reserve as Second Lieutenant in the Special Reserve and was posted to the 5th Brigade of the Royal Frontier Artillery (RFA). He served as a Lieutenant with 64th Battery RFA and received a Military Cross (MC) in August 1916. He was a member of the Gravesend, N.S.W Returned Services League and led ANZAC Day marches for many years. He returned as a Lieutenant on 23 August 1939. White commanded the Gravesend Troop of the 24th Light Horse Regiment (LHR), Citizen’s Military Forces and later C Squadron. White enlisted in Paddington (N.S.W.) and served as a Major at the outbreak of the Second World War and in 1942 served in the Northern Australia Observer Unit (2/1st NAOU). This was a "phantom unit" created to deal with the issue of reconnaissance and surveillance across Northern Australia. Source: NTDB, 1996: p.355. He reverted to Captain and later Second-in-Command on 30 June 1942. On 24 July 1942 he led a small advance party from Sydney to Katherine, via Adelaide. He was appointed as a Commanding Officer of the NAOU on 23 December 1943. White left NAOU on 27 March 1945. Source: NTDB, 2008: p.634-635.
Related link: N.T.S.R.U., 1941-1943 : Northern Territory Special Reconnaissance Unit, text and photographs from the report of Sqn Leader, Donald Thomson. Nhulunbuy, N.T. : Yirrkala Literature Production Centre, 1992.
North Australia Observer Unit : the history of a surveillance regiment by Amoury Vane. Loftus, N.S.W, : Australian Military History Publications, 2000.
Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders in the Second World War by Robert Anthony Hall. Canberra : Research School of Pacific Studies, ANU, 1987.
Curtin's cowboys : Australia's secret bush commandos by Richard Walker. Sydney : Allen &​ Unwin, 1986.
General Staff Historical brochure : Chief of General Staff's exercise by Amoury Vane Canberra, A.C.T. : Chief of General Staff, 1982.
Service Record
Service Record 1939-1945
Diary of a Nackeroo : 2/​1st North Australia Observers i.e. Observer Unit by​ G.T. Roddick. (Australia : The Author, 198-?)
Service Record - Subscription required
Related Materials: Hall, Robert. "Guarding white Australia: Aborigine's contribution to northern surveillance during the Second World War." Defence Force Journal, No.29 July-August 1981: p.12-18.
Guy, J.D. "The military potential of the feral horse and camel in north west Australia." Defence Force Journal, No.40 May-June 1983: p.22-28.
Rosenzweig, Paul A. "Northern Vedettes." Sabretache, Vol.37 no.3, July-September 1996: p.3-10.
Rosenzweig, Paul A. "Biographical Notes and the Northern territory service of Major Max White MC [Includes Nominal Roll of the 2/1 North Australia Observer Unit." Sabretache, Vol.34 no. 3 July-September 1993: p.31-42.
Vane, Armoury. "Defence of Continental Australia – 1942." Army Journal, November 1975: p.30-36.
Vane, Armoury. "The surveillance of northern Australia - its history: the story of Stanner's Bush Command 1942." Defence Force Journal, No.14 January-February 1979: p.15-30.
metadata.territoryanzacs.dc.subject.*: ANZAC
World War, 1914-1918 -- Northern Territory
Australia. Army. Australian and New Zealand Army Corps -- History
Appears in Collections:Returned ANZACs

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