George WALTON
Rank: Guardsman
Number: 27344
Unit: No. 2 Company, 1st Battalion GRENADIER GUARDS
Date of Death: 25 August 1918
Age: 27
Cemetery: Mory Abbey Military Cemetery, Mory, Pas de Calais, France

In the late summer of 1888, Charles Walton, a cotton dyer, got married to Sarah Hudson at St Mark's Church, Bredbury. Their first child, James, was born about 1890 and, a year later, George was born. Over the coming years, Benjamin, Maud, Elsie, Charles and Thomas were born. When the 1901 Census was taken, the family was living at 47 Ratcliffe Street, Stockport (after the war, they had moved to 73 Oliver Street).

On 22 August 1918, George and his comrades were in billets near the village of Boiry-St-Martin, to the north east of the French town of Bapaume. The Battalion War Diary indicates this was a quiet day which passed without incident. The Diary has no details of the Battalion's activities over the following three days, referring to a separate report on "operations". This report is no longer with the file held at the National Archives and it is not possible to establish under what circumstances George was killed on the 25th.

These days did see heavy fighting in the vicinity of Bapaume as part of a major British attack and it must be assumed he was involved. The Battalion suffered 6 deaths on the 23rd, 10 on the 24th and, including George, 33 on the 25th. He will have been buried very close to where he was killed. However, after the War, many of these small front line burial areas were closed as the land was returned to civilian use. George's body will have been moved to the new Cemetery at Mory where his grave is now maintained by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

   
           
   
     
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