George William Cummins

Date of birth: 1883
Place of birth: Southampton
Service No.: 22908
Rank: Private
Regiment: Hampshire
Battalion: 1st
Died: 11th July 1918 aged 36 years
Death location: Gonnehem, France


Life before the War
George, known as William, was the fourth of 10 siblings born to parents Thomas and Sarah Ann (known as Annie), nee Croad.  They were married in Southampton in 1876.

Thomas was born in Northam, Southampton in 1855 and died in the city in 1922.  Annie was born in Sydling, Dorset in 1859 and passed away in Southampton in 1913.

The family lived at 2 Rochester Street, Northam.

Williams 9 siblings – 6 sisters and 3 brothers – were:

Annie Elizabeth   b.1875 Southampton.

Ada Kate   b.1879 Southampton and d.1958 Southampton.
Married Frederick James Barnett in Southampton in 1903.

Thomas    b.1880 Exeter and d.1960 New Forest, Hampshire.
Married Edith Mary Masters in Southampton in 1906.

Susan   b.1885 Southampton and d.1937 Southampton.
Married George Henry Laver in Southampton in 1907.

Maud   b.1887 Southampton

Ellen (Nellie)    b.1890 Southampton and d.1979 Ringwood, Hampshire.

Edith   b.1891 Southampton.
Married Thomas C. Caplin in Southampton in 1915.

Robert   b.1893 Southampton and d.1970 Southampton.
Married Mabel Hart in Southampton in 1919.

Henry Milne   b.1900 Southampton and d.1923 Southampton.

William married Elizabeth Hendry McFadyen in Southampton in 1905. She was born 1885 in Southampton and passed away in the city in 1956.

The couple had 3 children and were living at 44 Ascupart Street, St Mary’s, Southampton.  Their children were:

George William   b.1907 Southampton and d.1991 Southampton.
Married Gladys Blake in Southampton in 1930.

Frederick James   b.1909 Southampton and d.2001 Bournemouth, Dorset.
Married Doris M Evans in Southampton in 1933.  Married Lilian H Wyatt in Southampton in 1948.

Thomas   b.1910 Southampton.  Married Beryl C Baker in Southampton in 1931.
Married Doris S Dickinson in Southampton in 1958.


Military History
William may have died of injuries incurred during the last rites of the Battle of the Lys, at the end of April 1918.  At that time the German advance on the Lys was checked and stopped just east of Mont-Bernenchon.

William is buried in the Mont-Bernenchon British Cemetery, Gonnehem. France (Plot I, Row K, Grave 3).  He was buried on the same day as 2 regimental colleagues.  The cemetery was begun by the 2nd Lancashire Fusiliers in April 1918 and used by fighting units and the XIII Corps Burial Officer until August 1918.  The cemetery contains 166 WW1 burials.  His headstone reads:

“Who died that we might live.”


Researcher: Mark Heritage
Published: 8th December 2015
Updated: Insert dates here

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