George William TILDESLEY
Rank: Gunner
Number: 294579
Unit: 145th Heavy Battery ROYAL GARRISON ARTILLERY
Date of Death: 24 May 1919
Age: 33
Cemetery: Cologne Southern Cemetery, Germany

In 1884, Thomas Tildesley married Annie Austin in Newport, Shropshire. He was then aged about 22 and she was some 12 years older. George was born there in the late summer of 1886. In 1901, a national census was taken which showed the family living at “Parkside”, Victoria Road, Macclesfield. 14 year old George was working as a solicitor’s clerk.

After the War, Thomas and Annie were living at 21 Boothby Street, Great Moor and are thought to have been there for some time. 145th Heavy Battery was a Territorial unit of the Artillery originating from Stockport, and George’s original service number, 4224, suggests he enlisted in 1915 or early 1916. Nothing else is known of his army service but it can be assumed that his death, many months after the end of the War, was from natural causes. His burial in Germany presumably suggests that he was part of the army of occupation.

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