Unit: OTHER RGT(?)
Date of Death:

This name is inscribed on the Stockport War Memorial amongst those who served with “other regiments” – usually a county regiment from outside the north west. It has not been possible to identify him with any certainty.

After the War, lists of soldiers who had died were published in regimental volumes. These are now available on a searchable CD-Rom “Soldiers Died in the Great War”. This notes that a man called George Edward Mellor died on 26 October 1917 whilst serving with the 1/5th Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers. He had enlisted in Stockport but any further connection with the town is unknown. He was been born in Ashton under Lyne and his mother’s address after the War is recorded as being 26 Chatham Road, Southport.

“Soldiers Died” indicates that George Mellor “died” – usually an indication of a death from accident or natural causes. However, he has no known grave and is commemorated at the Tyne Cot Memorial, Zonnebeke, Belgium. The Battalion was in action that day advancing in the Second Battle of Passchendaele.  They captured their first objective in the early morning but came under heavy machine gun fire for most of the day and were forced to retire back to their original line by late afternoon. It seems much more likely that George had been killed in action rather tna an accident befalling him.

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