George Philip Le Feuvre

G P Lefeuvre Pic 1

Date of birth: 1876
Place of birth: St Helier, Jersey, Channel Islands
Service No.: 31916
Rank: Private
Regiment: Duke of Edinburgh’s (Wiltshire) Regiment
Battalion: 6th
Died: 21st January 1917 aged 40 years
Death location: France

 

Life before the War
George Philip Le Feuvre was born in St Helier, Jersey in 1878 to Philip John, born in the Channel Islands, and Mary born in 1855 in England.

George had two siblings:

Eliza   born in 1879

John   born in 1880

On the 1891 census return all three siblings are shown living at different addresses; there is no record of their parents.  George was a ‘boarder’ with John and Julia Cavey at Wesley Cottage, St Saviour; Eliza was with her aunt and uncle, John and Isabel Burman, at 34 Bath Road, St Helier; John was also a ‘boarder’ with a Louisa Bisson aged 56, at 16 George Street, St Helier.

By 1905 George had moved to Southampton where he married Mary Louise Rose in the third quarter of 1905.  Mary Louise was born in Southampton in 1869; her parents were Charles Rose, born in Southampton in 1839, and Elizabeth Rose, born in 1834 in Dymchurch, Kent.  Both Charles and his daughter Mary are shown on the 1901 census as ‘Greengrocers’.

George and Mary Louise are shown on the 1911 census as living at 30 Carlton Place, The Bedford Mews, Southampton.  George is an ‘Assistant Store Keeper R M S Pk Company’; no children are listed.

 

Service History

Men of the Wiltshire Regiment after Thiepval, courtesy of the Roll of Honour website.

George served as a Private with the 6th Battalion of the Duke of Edinburgh’s (Wiltshire) Regiment.  He was killed in action on the Western Front in France on 21st January 1917.

The 6th (Service) Battalion was formed at Devizes in September 1914 as part of K2 and attached as Army Troops to 19th (Western) Division. They then moved to Salisbury Plain, and in December 1914 moved to billets in Basingstoke, joining 58th Brigade in the same Division. The Battalion transferred to Perham Down in March, from there they sailed and landed in France in July 1915.

 

George is buried in the Commonwealth War Graves, Sailly-Au-Bois Military Cemetery; the village is between Arras and Amiens, about 18 miles south of Arras in the Pas-de-Calais Department.  His headstone is engraved with a cross and reads ‘In God’s Own Keeping’.

George Philip Le Feuvre is also memorialised on the Southampton Cenotaph and the World War One tablet inside St Mary’s Church, South Stoneham, Southampton.

His widow was living at 8 Gascoigne Terrace, Swaythling, Southampton.  Mary Louise lived to the age of 81, dying in Southampton in December 1949.

George was entitled to the Victory Medal and the British War Medal.

 

 

Researcher: Bridgett Vane
Published: 2nd July 2015
Updated: Insert dates here

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