Date of birth: 1880
Place of birth: Southampton
Date of marriage: 1913
Place of marriage: Southampton
Regiment / Division: Mercantile Marine
Died: 10th June 1920 aged 39 years
Death Location: At sea
Life before the War
George William was born 1880 in Shirley, Southampton. His parents were Joseph and Mary Jane E (aka Jane), nee Lee, who married 1876 in Southampton. Joseph was born 1851 in Chertsey, Surrey and died 1898 aged 47.
George had 6 younger siblings, all of whom, like him, were born in Shirley:
Rose Mabel 1884
Arthur Albert 1888
Alfred Ernest 1893
Joseph William 1894
Elsie May 1897
His brother Alfred, a Pantryman aboard the H.M.H.S. Glenart Castle (Southampton), died on 26 February 1918 age 25. Please select the link to his name to read Alfred’s story.
The 1881 census shows that George was living with his parents Joseph and Mary and his grandfather Benjamin Edmunds at 16 Oriental Street, Millbrook, Southampton. His father was a Seaman.
In 1891 George, with his parents and siblings, were living at 14 Chilworth Road, Shirley, Southampton. His father was a Ship’s Fireman.
By the 1901 census George’s father had died and his mother Mary, working as a Laundress, was head of the family. They were living at 14 Chilworth Road, Shirley, Southampton.
George married Alice Ellen Cooper 1913 in Southampton. There were no children of the marriage.
George was a crew member belonging to the Mercantile Marine aboard the S.S. St. Boswells (London), a tugboat propelled by steam. She was a utility vessel that was sunk by a mine near Terschilling on 10 June 1920. George served as a Fireman.
George was entitled to the Victory Medal and British War Medal.
He is Remembered with Honour at Tower Hill Cemetery in London where his brother Alfred is also remembered. The Tower Hill Memorial commemorates men and women of the Merchant Navy and Fishing Fleets who died in both World Wars and who have no known grave.