George Herbert Alton
1st/5th Battalion Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment)
Died of wounds on Tuesday 28th March 1916 aged 34.
George died at The 42nd Casualty Clearing Station, he was wounded on Sunday 25th March and died three days later.
George had ten separate wounds, received on Saturday 25th March near Hooge, Ypres, he was in the grenade section of the Sherwood Foresters.
Just after midnight on the 25th March the Germans fired a mine in front of the trench being held by the 5th Battalion. The Germans occupied the crater. The 5th counter-attacked at 8pm the same evening with a party of bombers (grenadiers) with a Lewis gun covering them from the right. This was a 'small' action from which neither side gained anything but it cost the 5th Battalion 11 men killed, 5 missing and 51 wounded.
The Casualty Clearing Station was part of the casualty evacuation chain, further back from the front line than the Aid Posts and Field Ambulances.
George was one of the wounded but succumbed to his injuries 3 days later, he was buried in the Aubigny Communal Cemetery Extension.
Born and resident in Belper and enlisted in November 1915 in Derby.
He was married to Ada Potter (formerly Alton), of 9, Canada St., Belper they had three children aged in 1916 7years, 4 years and 1 year 9 months.
He was the son of Mr Thomas and Mrs Alice Alton of Holbrook Road Belper, and was a member of the Cow Hill Primitive Methodist Chapel.
George worked at the Denby Furnaces.
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