Rank: Private
Number: 52012
Unit: B Company, 1st Battalion CHESHIRE Regiment
Date of Death: 4 September 1916
Age: 20
Cemetery: Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France

George had been born in Heaton Norris and, after the war, his parents, George & Winifred, had moved to 21 Vienna Road, Edgeley. As a boy, George had attended Edgeley United Methodist Church Sunday School.

He was a regular soldier having enlisted as a driver in the Army Service Corps in May 1913 (service number T/32479). He transferred to the Cheshires in October 1915 and was a driver in the transport section. When the local newspaper reported his death, it also noted that he had been slightly wounded on two previous occasions.

An account of the fighting on the day he was killed is here. A comrade wrote to his parents saying that a shell had burst in the trench. Shrapnel had hit him in the heart and killed him instantly. When the battle subsided, George will have been buried just behind the front line. Many of these graves were destroyed by shellfire during the course of the war and this is why he is now commemorated on the Memorial to the Missing.

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