General Sir Brudenell WhitePrint Page Print this page

Photographs supplied by Arthur Garland

A plaque commemorates General Sir Cyril Brudenell Bingham White who was killed in the Canberra Air Disaster of 1940. Sir Brudenell White was born in St Arnaud.

Sir Cyril Brudenell Bingham White KCB, KCMG, KCVO, DSO (1876 –1940) was a senior officer in the Australian Army, who served as Chief of the General Staff from 1920 to 1923 and again from March to August 1940, when he was killed in the Canberra air disaster

In 1940, as Australia mobilised the 2nd Australian Imperial Force to take part in the Second World War, White was recalled to service at the age of 63, promoted to General, and re-appointed Chief of the General Staff. White would probably have become Australia's overall military commander in that war instead of Thomas Blamey had he not been aboard the Royal Australian Air Force plane which crashed in the Canberra air disaster on 13 August 1940, killing all aboard.


Address:Napier Street, Town Hall, St Arnaud, 3478
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -36.615188
Long: 143.257172
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
View Google Map


Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:People
Link: http://adb.anu.edu.au


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Friday 7th November, 2008
Front Inscription

In Memory Of
General Sir Brudenell White,
Born : St Arnaud 1876, Died : Canberra 1940
Who opened this memorial on 26-7-1928

"Pass not this stone in sorrow but with pride.  
And may you live as nobly as they died."

Unveiled by the Hon. John Brumby M.P., on 7-11-2008

Source: MA, ADB
Monument details supplied by Monument Australia - www.monumentaustralia.org.au
Proudly sponsored by UBC Web Design