William White

William White (1874–1936) was born in the United States as the child of freed slaves. He settled in Nova Scotia in 1900 and studied theology at Acadia University, becoming the first Black person to graduate from the institution. White was ordained as a Baptist minister and worked throughout Nova Scotia. Reverend White attested at Truro in February 1917, becoming the first Black man to serve as a chaplain in the British and Dominion forces. Like all chaplains, he was awarded the honorary rank of captain. White served with the No. 2 Construction Battalion, a unit of the Forestry Corps that was made up of Black soldiers recruited in Nova Scotia. White settled in Halifax after the war, where he was a popular Baptist minister.

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Service Record Details

Date of Birth: June 16, 1874

Date of Attestation: February 1, 1917

Age at Enlistment: 42 years

Prior Military Service: None




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Trade: Minister

Married: Yes

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