George MOTTRAM
Rank: Private
Number: 301777
Unit: 1/8th Battalion MANCHESTER REGIMENT
Date of Death: 1 May 1918
Age:
Cemetery: Grevillers British Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France

Nothing is known of George's life except that Regimental records published after the War show he was living in Stockport at the time he enlisted into the army at Manchester. Although it is not known when he joined up, his service number was not issued before the beginning of 1917. By that stage of the War, all recruits were deemed to be conscripts.

The records mentioned earlier also note that George "died of wounds", so was not killed outright. In such circumstances =, it is rare to be absolutely certain when and under what circumstances a soldiers received his mortal wounds. But, in George's case, official records leave the matter in no doubt.

On 25 April 1918, George and his mates started another tour of duty in the front line trenches, relieving the 1/10th Battalion. The next couple of days were quiet and the Battalion's War Diary has nothing of significance to report. However, it's entry for the 28th notes that "At night, a fighting patrol of one officer (2nd Lieutenant McAdorey) and nine other ranks attempted a silent raid on the enemy posts at B.7c.28. The surprise failed and the enemy opened fire with a machine gun, rifle and bombs wounding the officer severely (he later died) and a man. Our patrol returned the fire with bombs but withdrew as it was now impossible to achieve our purpose. The wounded man, who was thought to be dead, was left behind and was taken in by the enemy."  The following day the Battalion completed its tour without further casualties.

It is certain that George was the man wrongly believed to be dead and left behind. He was cared for by the Germans, probably at their Dressing Station just behind the front line. His wounds must have been very severe and it will have been apparent to the German's medical officer that there was no hope for his survival (otherwise he would have been evacuated to a field hospital). He was buried south of the village of Grevillers. After the Armistice, the British created Grevillers Cemetery and 40 bodies were re-interred there from the German burial area.

   
           
   
     
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