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George Daniels


George Daniels was born on October 5, 1889 and was the son of George and Mary Jane (née Tweddle). They lived at 13 Wellington Terrace, in Reddish, Cheshire. His father was a Draughtsman in the engineering industry.

Early Life

George had an elder brother, Wilfred, and an older sister, Nellie. George went to Manchester Grammar School and by the time of the 1911 Census, the family had moved to 13 Landfold Lane, in Reddish. George senior now worked as a Manager at an engineering company.

Chester College

George attended Chester College and left to become a School Teacher in Manchester. During his time at Chester, he was captain of the College Cricket XI and was also a member of the tennis team. Away from College, George was also a member of Denton Golf Club.

Military Service

George enlisted into the Army in November 1915 and joined the 5th Battalion of the Manchester Regiment in February 1916. In August 1917, he was ‘gazetted’ up to 2nd Lieutenant in the King’s Liverpool Regiment 8th (Irish) Battalion, and served with the British Expeditionary Force in France and Flanders from July 1916. He was severely wounded in the Somme on the September 25, but returned to action on September 17, 1917.

Lest We Forget

George was killed in action on November 20, 1917 near Cambrai. He was 28 years old.

Post Mortem

George was awarded the British War and Victory Medals for his service to King and Country. He is buried at Épehy, in France and remembered on the memorial at Thiepval. George is also remembered on the gravestone of his mother who died in 1922 and his father, who died in 1941

George has an entry in De Ruvigny's Roll of Honour, 1914-1919, which consists of five volumes and a sixth volume index containing a biographical record of about 26,000 members of His Majesty's naval and military forces who fell in the First World War. The volumes were compiled by the 9th Marquis of Ruvigny and Raineval and were published by the Standard Art Book Co. of London. Some entries include a photograph and may include detail. This is not a complete list of casualties who died, and most of the recorded names in the volumes date from deaths in the early years of the war.