George Thomas Biddlecombe

Date of birth:                     1890
Place of birth:                    St Mary’s, Southampton
Service No.:                       8700
Rank:                                     Corporal
Regiment / Division:      Hampshire Regiment
Battalion:                             1st Battalion
Died:                                      22nd April 1918 aged 27 years

Life before the War
George Thomas was born 1890 in St. Mary’s, Southampton. His parents were Thomas and Kate Hannah, nee Bree, who were married 1885 in Southampton. Thomas was born 1864 and Kate Hannah in 1865 – both in Southampton.

George’s 5 siblings were:
Kate Annie 1888
Matilda Fanny 1892
Thomas Edwin 1898
Frederick Charles 1900
Elizabeth Sarah Amelia Biddlecome (aka Amelia).

All the children were born in Southampton.

In the 1891 census George, his father, mother and sister Kate were living at 55 Melbourne Street, St Mary’s, Southampton.  Thomas was a Ships Stoker with the W J Coy.

By the 1901 census the family had moved to 3 Violet Place, St Mary’s Southampton.  Thomas is a Ships Fireman.

At the time of the 1911 census George had left home and was serving in 1st Battalion, Hampshire Regiment as a Private, stationed at Badajos Barracks, Wellington Lines, Aldershot.  His sister Kate Annie has also left home and was employed as a House Maid Domestic working in Bournemouth.  His parents had moved to 9 Norfolk Place, Brickfield Road, Portswood, Southampton.  Father Thomas was a General Labourer and his sister Matilda was a Domestic Servant.

Brother Thomas also served with the Hampshire Regiment as a Private, Service Number was 23394.  He is mentioned in the National Roll of the Great War, he served in both France and Constantinople, receiving the Victory and British War Medals.  Before the war in 1913 Thomas started work as Assistant Postman and resumed as a postman after the war.

War service
George served with the 1st Battalion, Hampshire Regiment as a Corporal, Service Number 8700. He enlisted in Southampton.

George was killed in action on 22 April 1918 age 27 years during the Western Europe Theatre.

He is Remembered with Honour at the Mont – Bernanchon Bristish Cemetery, Gonnehem, France.

National Roll of the Great War (please note these details vary from those on his military records)
Biddlecombe, G. T., Corporal, 1st Hampshire Regiment
He was serving at the outbreak of war in India where he was engaged on garrison duties. He was later drafted to France and whilst there took a distinguished part in much of the heavy fighting. He was killed in action on April 23rd, 1917 and was entitled to the General Service and Victory Medals.
24 Brickfield Road, Portswood, Southampton.

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