Charles Watts George

Memorial: Oldbury-on-Severn - St. Arilda’s Church

Regiment: Grenadier Guards

Medals: 1914 Star, British War Medal, Next of Kin Memorial Plaque 1914 - 1921, Victory Medal

Rank and number: Private 14816

Parents: William and Julia George

Home address: Stock Farm, Oldbury-on-Severn, Bristol

Pre-war occupation: Army

Date of birth: 1889

Place of birth: Chew Stoke, Somerset

Date of death: 07/11/1914

Buried/Commemorated at: New Irish Farm Memorial (Ref. XXXII. F. 10.), Flanders, France

Age: 25

Further information:

Charles Watts George was born in 1889 in Chew Stoke in Somerset. He was the son of William George, a farmer and his wife, Julia. In the 1901 Census they were living at Stock Farm in Oldbury-on-Severn

Charles initially joined the Royal Gloucestershire Hussars, but in 1910 he transferred to Grenadier Guards where he stayed until his service expired in 1913. When War broke out in 1914 he rejoined the 2nd Battalion, Grenadier Guards as a Private. By September 1914 he was in France with the British Expeditionary Force. On 6th November 1914 the Battalion was defending a trench at Zillebeke under sustained and accurate German artillery barrage and under orders to defend the line at all costs. Charles was Killed in Action on 7th November 1914. He is mentioned on the New Irish Farm Memorial in Flanders and on memorials at Oldbury, Littleton (where his fiancée Dorothy Mary Cornock, lived) and the Grammar School

By kind permission, this information is based on the following source(s):

Thornbury Roots Website, Forces War Records and CWGC