George HENSHALL
Rank: Private
Number: 7334
Unit: 11th Battalion CHESHIRE REGIMENT
Date of Death: 14 July 1916
Age: 32
Cemetery: Dernancourt Communal Cemetery Extension, Somme, France

George's family originated from Styal, Cheshire and he had been born there. However, by the time of the 1901 Census, the family had moved to Stockport where George's father, John Henry Henshall, then aged 47, was working for the council as a gardener. The Census makes no mention of his mother, Sarah, being present at the time of the Census. George was also listed, then aged 17, working in the local hatting industry as a "felt hat stamper". The family home is understood to have been at 20 Duchy Street, Edgeley.

The Battalion had been in action of 3 July, on the third day of the Battle of the Somme,  and had suffered many casualties. On 14 July, it moved forward to the front line again, in readiness to support an attack near Ovillers, still in the heart of the Somme battlefield. The attack was scheduled for dawn the next morning, George was probably killed by shrapnel from an enemy shell as thy moved into position.

It is likely that he was buried very close to where he died. Many of these very small cemeteries were closed after the war as the land was returned to its original agricultural use. George will have been re-interred at Dernancourt a couple of miles away.

   
           
   
     
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