George WILSON
Rank: Private
Number: 15434
Unit: 254th Company MACHINE GUN CORPS
Date of Death: 16 October 1917
Age: 29
Cemetery: St Sever Cemetery Extension, Rouen, Seine-Maritime, France

Nothing is known of George's early life, except that Regimental records published after the War show him to have been born in the parish of St Thomas' Church, Stockport. He worked for Samuel Moorhouse Ltd. The Company were cotton doublers with mills on Brinksway and Chestergate.

George was married and lived at 39 Brentnall Street with his wife and three children. He enlisted into the army on 29 August 1914, joining the Cheshire Regiment. It is not known when he was transferred to the machine gunners, but his relatively low service number suggests it will have been not long after he arrived in France - possibly at the beginning of 1916.

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission records that George was serving with the 254th Company at the time of his death. However, other records show that it did not join its Division until 26 November - some 6 weeks after George had died. It is possible that he was badly injured in an accident whilst the Company was in France but before it was deployed. Alternatively, it may be that he was to be transferred to the Company, but was injured just prior to leaving his old unit. In any event, he was evacuated to a military hospital at Rouen where he died. No further details are known.

   
           
   
     
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