George HIGGINBOTHAM
Rank: Private
Number: 54925
Unit: 13th Battalion ROYAL WELSH FUSILIERS
Date of Death: 23 August 1918
Age: 28
Cemetery: Bapaume Post Military Cemetery, Albert, Somme, France

George was born in Stockport and, although it cannot be said with absolute certainty, his parents were probably Alfred and Hannah. The 1901 Census only indicates one boy of the right age born in Stockport. The family was then living at 7 Barlow Street and George was the fourth of the six children.

In 1912, he married Florence Tickle at All Saints Church, Heaton Norris and they are thought to have lived nearby at 25 Manchester Road. He enlisted into the army in the town and was originally assigned to the Monmouthshire Regiment (service number 4003). He went overseas with the Regiment, possibly serving with the 1/3rd Battalion which was disbanded in France in August 1916. A transfer to the Fusiliers at this time would fit with his new service number.

In preparation for a larger scale attack, the 13th Battalion was ordered to attack and seize two German positions near the village of La Boiselle - scene of fierce fighting in the 1916 during the Battle of the Somme. The Germans had regained the ground in March of 1918, when their spring offensive pushed the British back many miles. Covered by an artillery bombardment, the attack started at 4.55am, pushing through the German lines to a depth of 1800 yards. The Regimental History records "It was not child's play, although all the objectives were taken by 9.45am".

21 men were known to have been killed. Another 19 were missing and 117 were wounded.

   
           
   
     
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