11th Battalion Lancashire Regiment
Died of wounds at the No 3 Casualty Clearing Station after being wounded on Messines Ridge on Friday 8th June 1917 aged 27.
Employing 2,300 guns and 300 heavy mortars, the British Army began a massive bombardment of German lines on Monday 21st May 1917. Simultaneous explosion of the mines took place at 3.10 on Friday 7th June. The blast killed an estimated 10,000 German soldiers and was so loud it was heard in London.
Under a creeping barrage, nine divisions of the British Second Army advanced and they took all their preliminary objectives in the first three hours of the battle.
The British Fifth Army also took advantage of the situation to make significant territorial gains from the Germans. The German Army counter-attacked but by Thursday 14th June, the Messines Ridge had been completely occupied by British forces.
The British Army suffered 17,000 casualties during the battle at Messines Ridge George was one of those casualties.
George is buried in the Bailleul Communal Cemetery Extension France.
He had been employed at John Haynes builder as a bricklayer.
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