George M MCCOLGIN (Colgin on South Reddish Memorial)
Rank: Lance Corporal
Number: 12045
Unit: 8th Battalion CHESHIRE Regiment
Date of Death: 1 August 1915
Age: 21
Cemetery: Chatby Military Cemetery, Alexandria, Egypt

The McGolgin family appeared to have moved around the country, no doubt for employment. George's father, James McColgin originated from Gosport, Hampshire and that is where George was born. However, by 1901, the family was living in Reddish. The Census of that year records James, aged 39, working as a yarn stoker. His wife, Mary, 39, had been born in Liverpool.

The Census also notes George's brothers and sisters - Rose (13, born Dover); Mary (11, born Ireland); James (9, born Ireland); Annie (5, born Reddish) and Lizzie (2, born Reddish). It's believed there was another brother, John, who would later serve with the 1/6th Battalion,Cheshire Regiment. He appears to have been in Portsmouth at the time of the Census, presumably with relatives.

George enlisted into the army in August or September 1914 joining the 8th Battalion. His inscription on the South Reddish War Memorial records him as serving with the 2nd Battalion (Regular Army), but this appears to be an error.

The Battalion left Britain on the SS Ivernia on 26 June, 1915 arriving at the Greek island of Mudros on 10 July. On 16 July, they went into action landing at Gallipoli, taking over a section of the front line on the 19th. On 30 July, they were relieved back to Mudros. In this time, they had suffered 2 fatalities, I drowned and 20 wounded. George was one of the wounded. He will have been evacuated back to Alexandria in Egypt where there were full medical facilities, but it was not possible to save him.

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