George SADLER
Rank: Sapper
Number: 65237
Unit: No. 4 Section, 253rd Tunnelling Company ROYAL ENGINEERS
Date of Death: 5 August 1917
Age: 36
Cemetery: Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, Poperinge, Belgium

George was born in Northampton in the late summer of 1880. It's not known when he moved to the Stockport or when he married his wife, Helena. They are known to have lived at 32 Bridgefield Street and had three children.

George worked for Thomas Mann, a builder in Cheadle Hulme. When he went to enlist into the army in September 1914, his construction skills were recognised and he was assigned to the Engineers. The 253rd Company was not formed until January 1916 so George may have been overseas before that and was transferred from another engineering unit. The main role of the Tunnelling Companies was to sink mines and then dig underneath the enemy trenches where explosives would be placed. However, George and his comrades had not been mining for several months. They had been engaged on laying light railway track from reserve positions to the artillery batteries that were to be used in the Third Battle of Ypres.  

The Battle had started on 31 July and the men were still working - either extending the railways as the British advanced or repairing tracks damaged by shellfire. Sometime during 5 August, George was badly injured. The Company's War Diary doesn't indicate if this was from shellfire or from an accident but it does note that "One man died of wounds No. IV Section". George will have been evacuated from wherever he was working to a field hospital at Lijssenthoek. There, military surgeons will have done they could, but he died.

   
           
   
     
© 2006. Design and Layout are the property of Ihelm Enterprises Limited and cannot be reproduced without express permission.
 
Enter Search Phrase Here:(search may take up to 30 seconds) 
 
Close Search Window