George ROYLE
Rank: Stoker
Number: SS/113755
Date of Death: 13 April 1917
Age: 22
Cemetery: Stockport Borough Cemetery

George was born locally on 31 May 1894. His father, William Royle, was a fruiterer with shop premises believed to have been at 85 Great Portwood Street. In 1915, George was living at the family home of 31 Withins Row, Stockport and, on 27 November, he married his fiancée Emma Hiles, at St Paul’s Church, Portwood. She was 21, the daughter of William Hiles, a brick carrier, and lived at 1 Hyde Street.

The couple’s marriage certificate records that George’s occupation was a stoker so it seems possible that he had just finished his Navy training and got married in a short period of leave before going on active service. He will have been aboard HMS Lion when it took part in the Battle of Jutland and it’s possible he was injured during the engagement. However, his cause of death at home is not known and it may have been due to natural causes.

In 1920, Emma married Thomas Walton in a civil ceremony registered at Stockport. They are believed to have lived at 31 Penny Lane, in the Lancashire Hill area of town.

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