George Arthur SEAMARK
Rank: Private
Number: 28525
Unit: 1/4th Battalion King’s Shropshire Light Infantry
Date of Death: 4 November 1918
Age: 18
Cemetery: Cross Roads Cemetery, Fontaine-au-Bois, Nord, France

George’s parents originated form Leicester. His father, George Herbert Seamark, married there in 1899. Although George was born in Hazel Grove, when the 1901 Census was taken he was staying with his grandmother, Emma Walton, at her home at 22 Lothair Road, Leicester. It has not been possible to identify his parents on the Census. After the War, Mr & Mrs Seamark were again living in the Stockport area, at 15 Ash Street, Cheadle Heath.

George will have been conscripted into the army when he became 18 and was part of a Training Reserve Battalion (service number 4/52046). On completion, he was assigned to the Shropshires and cannot have been at the front for very long before he was killed in the final two weeks of the War.

By the beginning of November 1918, the German Army was retreating on an almost daily basis, but was still fighting every inch of the way. Throughout October, the Shropshires had been away from the front line but, on 3 November, the Battalion’s War Diary records that they “advanced to high ground south west of Jenlain. Came under heavy shell fire and had to advance under constant machine gun fire.” 8 men had been killed. The German rearguards were holding a line west of the river between Jenlain and Wargnies-le-Grand and, at 6am on the 4th, the Battalion attacked through Jenlain. The War Diary indicates that they incurred many casualties just east of Jenlain. Nine men are known to have been killed including George and Thomas Guntripp. And it is probable that Frederick Sanders was another casualty sometime over these two days.

George was originally buried very close to where he died, probably at a small front line burial area at Jenlain. After the Armistice, his body was moved to Fontaine.

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