Rank: Gunner
Number: 247512
Unit: B Battery, 286th Brigade ROYAL FIELD ARTILLERY
Date of Death: 8 July 1919
Cemetery: Cheadle & Gatley Cemetery

The only known personal information about Gunner Tweedie is recorded by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, which confirms his mother as being Mrs Mary Tweedie of 148 Grenville Street, Edgeley.

The 1914 edition of Kelly’s Directory lists four people called Tweedie who owned laundry businesses in Stockport and Mary Tweedie is one – operating from the premises at Grenville Street. However, the 1901 Census reveals that no-one with this surname was living in the Stockport area at the time and it has not been possible to identify anyone on the census called George who appears to be a likely candidate as the future soldier.

His service number confirms he was not an early volunteer for the army. 286th Brigade was a second line Territorial unit which do not go overseas until February 1917 and it is probable that George was one of its original members. It is not known if his death, at home and several months after the end of the fighting, was due to illness or wounds. However, his commemoration by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, which maintains his grave as a war grave, confirms that his death was directly related to his military service or he was still a serving soldier at the time of death.

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