George Frank Robert Oliver Bulstrode

Date of birth: 1886
Place of birth: Southampton
Regiment: Hampshire
Battalion: 1st
Rank / Service No: Private, 7683
Died: 19th December 1914, aged 28 years
Buried: Lancashire Cottage Cemetery, Comines-Warneton, Hainault, Belgium (Plot II, Row B, Grave 1)


George was the second of 9 siblings born to Alfred George and Annie Emily Jane Bulstrode, who it is believed married in 1885.

Alfred was born in Ryde in 1853 and died in Southampton in 1909.

Annie was born in Southampton and she passed away in the city in 1926.



John William Alfred   b. 1885 Southampton   d. 30 November 1942   He was one of 3 crew who perished when their vessel was torpedoed off Madagascar.


Clara Emily   b. 1889 Southampton   d. 1965 Southampton   Married Francis Tull in Southampton in 1915.

Alice Irene   b. 1891 Southampton   d. 1896 Southampton

Orlando Henry   b. 1893 Southampton d. 1894 Southampton

Harold Lancelot   b. 1895 Southampton   d. 1899 Southampton

Kathleen Annie   b. 1897 Southampton   d. 1981 Southampton   Married John C. Wilson in Southampton in 1928.

Jessie F.   b. 1900 Southampton   d. 1914 Southampton

James Harris   b. 1902 Southampton   d. 1971 Southampton


The Hampshire 1st became part of the 11th Brigade of the 4th Division prior to their departure for France in August 1914.

George and 12 of his colleagues died 5 days before the unofficial Christmas“truce” came into force. There were few battles during the winter of 1914, with both sides spending their days shoring up defensive trenches.


The cemetery was started by the 1st East Lancashires (who have 84 graves in it) and the 1st Hampshires (who have 56 graves) in November 1914.

It was used as a front-line cemetery until March 1916 and occasionally later.

The cemetery contains 256 Commonwealth WW1 burials, and 13 German graves.


George’s headstone reads : “At rest with the Lord.”


Researcher: Mark Heritage
Published: 22nd June 2016


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