George SHENTON
Rank: Private
Number: 53052
Unit: 1/4th Battalion CHESHIRE Regiment
Date of Death: 14 October 1918
Age: 21
Cemetery: Dadizeele New British Cemetery, Dadizele, Belgium

George had been born in Leek, Staffordshire and the 1901 Census shows him still living there, aged 3. Later the family moved to Stockport and, after the War, his father, Mr T H Shenton, was living at 4 Lucy Street.

Before the war, George worked at Sykes' Bleachworks, Edgeley and enlisted in the army at Stockport. Before he joined the Cheshires, he had been served with the Machine Gun Corps (service number 28215). The Cheshire Daily Echo, in its edition of 27 July 1916, reported that he had been wounded in a recent advance.

His later service number suggests that, after recovery from his wounds, he was transferred to one of the Cheshire Regiment's "New Army" battalions. Three of these were disbanded earlier in 1918 and George was probably reallocated to the 1/4th in the summer of 1918.

Click here for an account of the fighting in which he was killed. George will have originally been buried very close to where he fell. These small plots were closed after the War, with the bodies being exhumed and reburied at larger War Graves Commission cemeteries.

   
           
   
     
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