George Henry LAMBERT
Rank: Private
Number: 268221
Unit: 13th Platoon, D Company, 1/6th Battalion Cheshire Regiment
Date of Death: 31 July 1917
Age: 23
Cemetery: Menin Gate Memorial, Ieper, Belgium

George's parents, Henry John and Emily, were living at 28 Booth Street, Stockport, in 1917 and, later, moved to 33 Greek street. His original service number, 5227, confirms he was not an early volunteer and may well have been conscripted at sometime from 1916 onwards. At some point, he had a second number, 15421, suggesting he had a period away from the Battalion, p[perhaps with another unit or a period of illness.

However, by 1917 he had returned to duty with the local1/6th Battalion and, on 31 July, was killed in the attack on the first day of the Third Battle of Ypres. He was in the Battalion's Lewis Gun Section. The section would have gone forward with their light machine guns to support the infantry advance.

George was reported as "missing" after the attack. A few weeks later, the Stockport Express, in its edition of 20 September published the following plea from his parents "Will the friend of Private G H Lambert, "D" company, 6th Cheshires, kindly communicate with his parents, 28 Booth Street, Stockport, who are anxiously awaiting news of him. Officially reported missing since July 31 1917. Any other comrade having information will oblige by conveying same to H Lambert at above address."

Just before Christmas, on 22 December, the Express published another plea. "Missing since July 31st 1917, Private George Henry Lambert, Lewis Gun Section, 13th Platoon, 6th Cheshire Regiment. It has been rumoured that he is a prisoner of war in Germany. News is anxiously awaited by his parents. Will anyone having knowledge of the facts kindly write to his parents......."

Mr and Mrs Lambert never received any good news. George's body was never found and identified. He is commemorated on the Memorial to the Missing at Ieper (then Ypres).

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