George Collier LUDLOW
Rank: Private
Number: 41775
Date of Death: 14 June 1918
Age: 18
Cemetery: Cinq Rues British Cemetery, Hazebrouck, Nord, France

George's parents, Thomas and Mary, had married in the early 1890s at All Saints Church, Marple. It's thought she originated from the village and her brother Charles Collier still lived there. They had died whilst George was still young - Thomas in 1905 and Mary five years later. He went to live with another aunt at 63 Lingard Road, Reddish. When he left school, he found a job with Johnsons Brothers, a local firm of grocers with a shop at Cross Street, Gorton.

He joined the army on 4 August 1917, as a conscript when he became 18 and will have gone overseas on active service after a few weeks training. In early June 1918, George and his comrades spent a few days in the reserve area but, on the 14th, received orders to return to the fighting and take over a section of the front line. They were fully in place by 12.30am on the 15th. The times and days of reliefs were usually well known to the opposing sides and were a favourite time for artillery shelling - the gunners hoping to catch troops on the move and away from the protection of the dug-outs, etc. An army chaplain wrote to George's aunt telling her what had happened "He was in the lines with his company in the early hours of June 15th, when he was hit in the head by the fragment of a shell and killed instantly. I regret to say that others met the same fate and others were wounded at the same time. I am arranging for him to be carried back to a military cemetery behind the lines."  Two other Borderers, Owen Jones and Robert Lloyd, were also killed the same day and are buried at Cinq Rues.

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