Lieutenant General Sir Cyril Brudenell Bingham WHITE KCB KCMG KCVO DSO

Chief of the General Staff

Service No: Not applicable
Born: St Arnaud VIC, 23 September 1876
Enlisted in the Army: Not available
Awarded the Distinguished Service Order (DSO), 3 June 1915 (Citation Title: AIF – Garrison Staff – Gaba Tepe)
Awarded the Order of the Bath – Companion (Military) (CB(M)), 14 March 1916 (Citation Title: AIF – Staff Corps – Withdrawal from Gallipoli)
Awarded the Order of St Michael and St George – Companion (CMG), 1 January 1918 (Citation Title: AIF – Military operations in the Field)
Awarded the Order of St Michael and St George- Knights Commander (KCMG), 1 January 1919 (Citation Title: For military services in France & Flanders)
Awarded the The Royal Victorian Order – Knight Commander (KCVO), 15 October 1920 (Citation Title: Chief of General Staff during the 1920 Prince of Wales Tour)
Awarded the Order of the Bath – Knight Commander (Military) (KCB(M)), 8 July 1927 (Citation Title: Commonwealth Director of 1927 Royal Visit)
Died: Aircraft Accident (No. 2 Squadron Hudson aircraft Hudson A16-97), Canberra ACT, 13 August 1940, Aged 63 Years
Buried: Buangor Public Cemetery VIC
CWGC Additional Information: Gold Order of Merit (Montenegro), Croix de Guerre avec Palmes (France), Grand Officer Military Order of Avis (Portugal), Croix de Guerre (Belgium), Order of the Rising Sun (Japan). Son of John Warren and Maria White; Husband of Ethel Lady White of Woodnaggerak, Middle Creek, Victoria
Roll of Honour: Unknown
Remembered: Panel Supplementary 1, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT

At 1050 hours on 13 August 1940, No. 2 Squadron Hudson A16-97 spun and crashed 3 kms east of Canberra aerodrome. Everyone on board was killed. This accident had profound affects on the highest level of Australia’s Government and Defence hierarchy during a critical period early in World War II. On board A16-97 were:


Aircraftman Charles Joseph Crosdale (6673)
Flight Lieutenant Robert Edward Hitchcock (115) (Pilot)
Corporal John Frederick Palmer (2130)
Pilot Officer Richard Frederick Wiesener (607) (Navigator)


Mr. Richard Elford (Secretary to the Minister for Air)
The Honourable James Valentine Fairbairn (Minister for Air and Minister for Civil Aviation)
The Honourable Sir Henry Somer Gullett KCMG (Vice President of the Executive Council, Minister in Charge of Scientific and Industrial Research and Minister assisting the Minister for Information)
Brigadier the Honourable Geoffrey Austin Street MC (Minister for the Army and Minister for Repatriation)
Lieutenant Colonel Francis Thornthwaite DSO MC (V159753) (Army Headquarters)
Lieutenant General Sir Cyril Brudenell Bingham White KCB KCMG KCVO DSO (Chief of the General Staff)


Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour On-Line Records
Commonwealth War Graves Commission On-Line Records
Department of Veteran’s Affairs On-Line WWII Nominal Roll
National Archives of Australia On-Line Record A9845, 318; A9845, 319


Bennett, J. (John William) Highest Traditions: the history of No. 2 Squadron RAAF, Australian Government Publishing Service, 1995
Wilson, S. (Stewart) Anson, Hudson and Sunderland in Australian Service, Aerospace Publications Weston Creek ACT 2611, 1992

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