|Date of birth:||1888|
|Place of birth:||Southampton|
|Rank / Service No:||Lance Corporal, 295452|
|Died:||26th October 1917, aged 29 years|
|Commemorated:||Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium|
It has not been possible to establish much information about George’s early family life.
Having been born in Southampton, George moved to Leyton in Essex at some point.
It is known that he was living with his Aunt Emma and the rest of the Howard family at 13 Dunedin Road, Leyton at the 1911 Census.
He married Elizabeth M. Drewrey in Leyton in the 3rd quarter of 1917, which means the couple had very little time together before George’s death.
Elizabeth was born in Stratford, East London, in 1889. She passed away in Hackney in 1967.
George originally enlisted in the 20th London battalion (#4945). It is not known when he transferred, but he probably left with the new battalion for France on January 23rd 1917.
There is a War Diary excerpt available for the 2/4th London battalion on 26 October 1917, the first day of the Second Battle of Passchendaele.
The 173rd Brigade was to attack on a frontage from the Ypres-Roulers railway (south of Passchendaele) to beyond Poelcapelle.
Their task was to carry forward the British line east of Poelcapelle for some 700 yards in a due easterly direction astride the Poelcapelle – Westroosebeeke road.
The attack floundered in the cloying mud, that exhausted the men and choked their rifles. The enemy chose that moment to attack, with obvious results.
The 26 October 1917 is regarded as one of the most unfortunate days ever experienced by the 2/4th London battalion.
359 men were lost, most to the enemy action but some actually drowned in flooded shell-holes.
XVIII Corps lost 2,310 men in the first few days of this battle.
|Published:||3rd October 2016|
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