George Thomas King

Date of birth: 15th February 1898
Place of birth: Shirley, Southampton
Regiment: Labour Corps
Battalion: 611th Agricultural Coy.
Rank / Service No:
Died: 21st February 1919, aged 21 years
Buried: Hollybrook Cemetery, Southampton (M.6.96)


George was the youngest of 4 siblings born to William (Willie) Victor and Eliza King (nee Cook), who married in Southampton in 1886.

The family lived at 14 Queen’s Road, Shirley for many years.


Willie, a musician, was born in Andover in 1861 and he died in Southampton on 22 August 1900. At the 1891 Census, he was a “collector of tolls.”

Eliza was born in Weymouth on 26 May 1862. After Willie’s premature death, she got together with a Thomas F. Ridges…..he is shown as a “boarder” in the house at the 1911 Census.


There is every possibility that Thomas was the father of 2 of Eliza’s sons; the couple were still together at Queen’s Road in 1939.


Eliza passed away at the house in 1940.



Percival William   b. 2 October 1886 Southampton   d. 1974 Dartford   Married either Lavinia M. Roper or Florence White in Shirley in 1911.

Fanny   b. 1889 Shirley   d. 1977 Southampton   Married Albert E. Adcock in Southampton in 1912.

Henrietta   b. 8 May 1895 Shirley   d. 1978 Southampton   Married Robert W. Happle in Southampton in 1921.

George Thomas 

Half brother Edward Harry   b. 7 December 1902 Shirley   d. 1978 Newton Abbot   Married Lydia V. Hall (born 1879 !) in Southampton in 1925.

Half brother Reginald   b. 4 March 1903 Shirley   d. 1979 Southampton   Married Doris W. Maguire in Southampton in 1928.



George originally attested into the 3rd Hampshire battalion (#4572), on 27 August 1914.

On 29 December 1914, he was given 10 days “field punishment” for “absence”.


There is evidence that George was examined by a Surgeon Major at Gosport in January 1915, and was declared “physically unfit and neurotic.”

He was discharged from the Army on 10 February 1915, as “not being likely to become an efficient soldier.”


All this explains his presence in an “Agricultural” company. It also probably explains his demise at the age of 21.



Researcher: Mark Heritage
Published: 6th October 2016


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