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George Whaley (1885-1917)

Consett man served with 12th and 18th DLI commemorated at Arras

George was born in 1885 in Consett, the son of Joseph and Ann Whaley. His father was a railway platelayer and the family were living in Consett Junction in 1891. George’s father died in 1897 and his mother in 1899. In 1901 and 1911 George was living with his older brother, Robert, but still at Consett Junction as his brother was working on the railway. In 1911 George was also employed by the North East Railway Company as a general labourer.

He enlisted at Consett and disembarked in France on 25 August 1915. He was killed in action on 16 May 1917 and is commemorated on the Arras Memorial in France.

Civil Parish: Consett

Birth date: 1885

Death date: 16-May-1917

Armed force/civilian: Army

Residence: 1891, 1901,1911 census – Consett Junction

Employment: 1911 census – General labourer, NE Railway Company

Family: Father: Joseph Whaley 1837-1897
Mother: Ann Whaley 1843 -1899
Brothers: John Thomas b1867, Robert b1869, Francis b1871, Joseph b1874, William b1882
Sisters: Margaret b1872, Sarah Ann b1880

Military service:

12th DLI
18th DLI

Medal(s): 1914-1915 Star
British War Medal
Victory Medal

Memorial(s): Arras Memorial, France
Memorial Cross, Consett

Gender: Male

Contributed by Harold P, Durham

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