George Kenward Elton

Date of birth: January 1898
Place of birth: Langport, Somerset
Service No.: Not known
Rank: Second Lieutenant
Regiment: Hampshire
Battalion: 5th
Died: 18th October 1916
Death location: The Somme, France


Life before the War
George was born in January 1898 in Langport, Somerset.  He was the eldest son of George Goodenough Elton and his wife Ada.  George senior was a clergyman.

In the 1911 census the family is recorded as living at Millbrook Rectory, Millbrook Road, Southampton.   The records list the occupants of the Rectory as George and Ada and their children:

George Kenward (aged 13)
Edward Hume (aged 9)
Dorothea Mary (aged 8)
John Goodenough (aged 5)

Also listed were Mabel Fielder (Nurse/Domestic), Albina Wilkinson (Cook/Domestic) and  Elsie Biddlecombe (Housemaid/Domestic).  The census also records the fact that Ada had been born in Bareilly, India.

Military Service

Thiepval Memorial

Thiepval Memorial

George served as a Second Lieutenant in the Hampshire Regiment and was killed on 18th October 1916 at the age of 18 during the battle of the Somme.

He has no known grave and is remembered on the Thiepval Memorial (Pier and Face 7B & 7C). George was awarded the Victory and British Medals for his service and sacrifice.

The Thiepval Memorial is inscribed with the names of more than 72,000 officers and men of the United Kingdom and South African forces who died in the Somme sector before 20 March 1918 and have no known grave. Over 90% of those commemorated died between July and November 1916. The memorial, designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens, was built between 1928 and 1932 and unveiled by the Prince of Wales, in the presence of the President of France, on 1 August 1932.  It is fitting that this memorial was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens who also designed the Southampton Cenotaph which also bears George’s name.


Researcher: Jan Thorn
Published: 19th February 2015
Updated: Insert dates here

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