George Booth was 44 when he enlisted into the army on 21 August 1915. There are often stories of young lads adding a year or so to their age to join up, but George almost certainly knocked a few years off his age to enlist. He was assigned to the 25th Battalion of the Middlesex Regiment and later to its 19th Battalion. Both were “Pioneer Battalions” – comprised of trained soldiers but whose main tasks were in construction of defences.
He lived at 42 Gradwell Street, Stockport with his wife Hannah and their ten children. Before he joined up, he worked at Clays Ltd – a cotton bleachworks in Cheadle
After training, George went overseas on 1 May 1916. In the early summer of 1917, he undertook an act of bravery for which he was awarded the Military Medal. His Divisional Commander, Major General S Lanford, wrote to him “I wish to place on record my appreciation of your unfailing devotion to duty when in charge of a Royal Engineers dump for a considerable time which was subjected to heavy shell fire. You set a fine example to all by your disregard of personal danger and devotion to duty.” The official notification of the medal was published in the London Gazette in its edition of 19 August 1917.
Not long after this, at the end of June or beginning of July, he was wounded and was invalided home to Hollywood Military Hospital in Stockport. The nature of his injuries are not known but they were sufficiently serious for it be clear that he could never return to duty and he was discharged from the army on 19 October.
George is believed to have died in 1924, aged 24. His name is inscribed on an addenda panel to the Stockport War Memorial of names notified after 1925.