George ROYLE
Rank: Private
Number: 5951
Unit: 1/5th Battalion King’s Own (Royal Lancaster) Regiment
Date of Death: 13 December 1916
Cemetery: Vlamertinghe Military Cemetery, Ieper, Belgium

George was born in the Stockport area and was named after his father. His mother was known as Nellie. By August 1915, when he enlisted into the army, he had married Esther and they were living at 23 Edward Street, Stockport, with their three children. He worked as a cotton doubler at Drinkwater's Mill, 83 Bamford Street.

During the evening of 9 December, the men of the King's Own completed another five day tour of duty in the trenches near Ypres (now Ieper). They moved back to billets nearer the town where, the next day, there was a church parade, kits were inspected and the men had an opportunity to bathe. On the 11th, they spent the day white-washing the billet huts. By the evening of the 12th, they moved back into trenches known as "Congreve Walk" (just to the south east of the village of Wieltje).

The Battalion's War Diary for the 13th records that it was a fair day with wind from the south east. The men spent the day improving the trench defences. The Diary records only that there was "no great activity displayed by either hostile machine guns or artillery". By this stage of the war, George's death (presumably from shellfire) was not of sufficient note to be mentioned by the officer writing the daily entry.

The Stockport Advertiser, in its edition of 25 January 1917, carried the following "In Memoriam" notice:-

"Sad was the shock I received that day

When God did call my dear husband away

The trial is hard, though I'll not complain

But trust in God to meet him again

Perhaps some comrade breathed a prayer

When death forever closed his eyes

Though I am here, my heart is where

My gallant soldier husband lies"

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