George Wiltshire

Date of birth: 1884
Place of birth: Bank, Lyndhurst, Hampshire
Date of marriage: 1906
Place of marriage: Winchester District, Hampshire
Service No.: 48688
Rank: Gunner
Regiment / Division: Royal Garrison Artillery
Battalion: 78th Siege Battery
Died: 6th November 1917 aged 33 years
Death location: France and Flanders

 

Life before the War
George was the 4th of 5 children born to parents Henry and Maria, nee Wade.  Henry was born 1841 and died 1912, and Maria was born 1843 in Norwich, Norfolk and died 1912.

George’s siblings – 4 sisters and 1 brother – were:

Clara                            b. 1871
Sarah Ann                 b. 1876
Emily                          b. 1880
William George      b. 1881 Lyndhurst
Mary Elizabeth       b. 1889 Lyndhurst

In the 1881 and 1891 censuses the family were living at Bank, Lyndhurst.  Henry was working as a General Agricultural Labourer.

In 1901 Henry and Maria are boarders with the Corke family, living at Redbridge Lane, Millbrook, Southampton.  Henry was working as a General Agricultural Labourer.  William was boarding with the Wheable family at 7 Sidford Street, Shirley, Southampton and working as a Porter of Luggage.

George married Ada Marks in 1906 in the district of Winchester, Hampshire.

The next mention of George after the 1891 census was in 1911 when he was aboard a Packet Boat as a Fireman.  He states he has 2 children.  The registration district for the census was St. Helier, Jersey.

War Service
George enlisted in Southampton, joining the Royal Garrison Artillery, 78th Siege Battery as a Gunner, Service Number 48688.

On the 6th November 1917 George died from his wounds in France.  He is Remembered with Honour at the Zuydcoote Military Cemetery, France.

National Roll of the Great War:
“Wiltshire, G., Gunner, R.G.A.
He volunteered in October 1914 and was later drafted to the Western Front. During his service in this theatre of war he took part in several important engagements and was killed in action on November 6th, 1917. He was entitled to the 1914 Star, and the General Service and Victory Medals.
36, William Street, Northam, Hants”.

 

Researcher: Becky Lonergan
Published: 6th July 2013
Updated: Insert dates here

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