George BLIZZARD
Rank: Private
Number: 39469
Unit: 2nd Battalion SOUTH LANCASHIRE REGIMENT
Date of Death: 19 April 1918
Age: 27
Cemetery: Les Baraques Military Cemetery, Sangatte, Pas de Calais

Henry George Blizzard married Emily Cook in the first three months of 1888 at Alverston, Hampshire. He was a professional gardener and, no doubt, had moved for his employment to Abingdon in Berkshire in 1891, when Emily gave birth to twin boys. Naming them was probably an easy choice - one was called Henry, the other George. They already had a 2 year old son, Thomas.

In 1901, the family was living in Mottram in Longdendale. Henry was now a head gardener and the family probably lived in a cottage belonging to his employer. When War was declared in 1914, George was not an early volunteer and his service number suggests he was probably conscripted in 1916. At the time, he was living in Newton, Hyde.

George was badly wounded in action. It cannot now be known when this happened or under what circumstances, but the Battalion was in action during the German spring offensives of March and early April. He would have been evacuated from the front line to a field hospital some miles to the rear. Once his condition was stabilised, he would have been transferred to one of the several "stationery" hospitals based around Calais, where he died. 

News of his death would have come quickly to his family, by then living at The Gardens, West Bank House, Heaton Mersey. More bad news would come to Henry and Emily in the autumn when they would learn that Henry had been killed in action on 18 October whilst serving with the Royal Garrison Artillery.

As well as the Heaton Mersey War Memorial, George is also commemorated on the Memorial at Hyde Town Hall.

   
           
   
     
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