George Arthur Andrews

Date of birth: Early 1886
Place of birth: Shirley, Southampton
Service No.: 1896
Rank: Corporal
Regiment / Division: Hampshire
Battalion: 1/5th
Died: 29th May 1915 aged 29 years
Death location: Insert data


Life before the War
George was the first of two siblings born to Richard and Elizabeth Sarah Andrews, nee Passenger.  Richard was born in Southampton and Elizabeth in Stoke Newington, although the 1861 census shows Elizabeth and her family living in Southampton.  Richard and Elizabeth married in 1882 and a son, Richard John, was born the following year.  Unfortunately Richard died in 1905, aged only 21 or 22 years.

Interestingly, at the 1901 census, George (aged 15 years) is shown as a boarder at the all-boys Banisters Court School in Shirley.  At the same time, his parents are living in St. James’ Road with Elizabeth’s widowed mother, a cook and a housekeeper!

In 1910 George married Norah Kathleen Clifford in Southampton.  In the 1911 census they are shown as living in Christchurch and George is listed as a “carriage builder”.

At the time of the same census George’s parents had moved to 46 Westwood Road, Portswood, Southampton with Elizabeth’s 88 year old mother and they still employ a cook and a housekeeper.

War Service
George came back to Southampton to enlist in the Hampshires.  The 1/5th battalion was based in the city (HQ in Carlton Place) and was part of the Hampshire Brigade, Wessex Division, from which “foreign service” units were formed.

The 1/5th were under the leadership of the exotically-named Lieutenant-Colonel Henry de Stella Burford Burford-Hancock.

The battalion embarked on the Cawdor Castle on 9th October 1914 and sailed for India.  They arrived in Allahabad (Karachi) on 11th November, replacing a division of troops already in place.  Various detachments were sent off round the country and the HQ plus 2 companies relocated to Lucknow.

Specific engagement details are very sketchy.  The battalion stayed in India for the duration of the war and only “lost” approximately 60 soldiers in that whole time. Obviously, George was one of the first casualties but it is not known where or how he met his death.

George is buried in Benares Cantonment Cemetery (now Varanasi) in India (Plot K, Grave 18).  He is also commemorated on the Madras 1914-1918 Memorial in Chennai (Face 16).

Family life continued despite George’s death.  Norah is shown as visiting Cape Town on the Windsor Castle on 8th September 1922.  There is no record of her returning from there but she must have done as she remarried in 1939 to Francis J. Shepherd in Southampton.  Norah died in Eastbourne in 1950.

George’s mother Elizabeth died in Southampton in 1928, with his father Richard following in 1933.


Researcher: Mark Heritage
Published.: 8th October 2014
Updated: Insert dates here

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