George William BILTON
Rank: Driver
Number: 736095
Date of Death: 14 October 1918
Age: 33
Cemetery: Ramleh War Cemetery, Ramla, Israel

The Biltons originated from the Hyde area but had moved to Stockport by 1901 when the family was living at 60 Buxton Road, Cale Green. Robert Bilton, a greengrocer, is thought to have married Jane Tooley in 1882. by 1901, 16 year old George was working as a cotton spinner at the Albert Mill on Mottram Street.

In 1912, George married his fiancée, Edith Hammond, in a civil ceremony registered in the town. They are thought to have lived at 54 Charles Street until he enlisted into the army. When he joined up, he was assigned to the 265th Brigade and given the service number 2121. The Brigade was a pre-war Territorial unit of the Artillery but his service number suggests it was probably during 1915 when he enlisted.

George is believed to have died at an army field hospital which was based at Ramleh (now Ramla) in 1918. His cause of death was pneumonia – often the fatal complication of the “Spanish Flu” which claimed millions of lives worldwide in the autumn of 1918.

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