CFHS code : HT443
Parish : Holy Trinity
Inscription : In Loving Memory of Pte THOMAS GEORGE 8th Suffolks died at Colchester April 26 1915 aged 19 also THOMAS GEORGE d Oct 8 1917 aged 64 also of DIANAH GEORGE wife of above d Sept 15 1925 aged 58
Monument : Headstone
Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey
Lat Lon : 52.201872, 0.13786037 – click here for location
The headstone, in the parish area of Holy Trinity, is located in the south-east corner of the cemetery, about twenty yards to the west of the eastern path as the latter turns northwards.
‘In loving memory of Pte. Thomas George, 8th Suffolks
died at Colchester April 26 1915 aged 19 years.’
“His life for King and Country.”
‘Also Thomas George died Oct 8 1917 aged 64 years.’
“Peace perfect peace.”
‘Also of Dianah George wife of above
died Sept 15 1925 aged 58 years’
Thomas George (1895‒1915) – WW1 soldier – see also Life Story page
Thomas was born in 1895 in Newmarket, Cambridgeshire. He was the only child of Thomas George and Dinah George (née Curtis). His father had worked as an agricultural labourer but by the time Thomas junior was five years old Thomas senior was working as a railway porter and the family were living at 121 Cavendish Road (Romsey Town), Cambridge. By 1911 Thomas junior was working as a compositor and he was still living at 121 Cavendish Road with his parents. Thomas enlisted in Cambridge as Private (14712), 8th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. He died of pneumonia on 26 April 1915 at Colchester Military Hospital, Essex.
Thomas George (1852‒1917)
Thomas was born in 1852 in Hauxton, Cambridgeshire. He was one of ten children born to Lewis George and Phoebe George (née Shearer). His father was an agricultural labourer and by the time Thomas was eight years old he was also working as an agricultural labourer. By 1881 Thomas was working as a goods porter for the railway and he was lodging in Snettisham, Norfolk. By 1891 Thomas had returned to Cambridge and was boarding at Regent Cottages and working as a railway porter. Thomas married Dinah Curtis in 1894 in the district of Chesterton. They had one son: Thomas (1895‒1915). By 1901 the family had moved to 121 Cavendish Road, Cambridge. Thomas died on 8 October 1917 in Cambridge.
Dianah George (née Curtis) (1867‒1925)
Dianah was born in Essendon, Hertfordshire in 1867. She was one of at least eight children born to William Curtis and his second wife, Sarah Curtis (née Page). Her father was employed as a groom. Her parents then moved to Hornsey, London together with a number of her siblings who settled there. In 1891 Dianah was living with her older brother, Tobias (1855‒1912), and his family at 76 Clarendon Road. Dianah was working as a cook whilst her brother was working as a gas fitter. One brother, who did not move to London was her eldest brother, Walter (1845‒1921). He moved to Yorkshire where he became an estate gardener for Cave Castle, a Victorian manor house surrounded by 150 acres of land.
Dianah left London and moved to Cambridge where she married Thomas George in 1894 in the district of Chesterton. They had one son: Thomas (1895‒1915). By 1901 the family had moved to 121 Cavendish Road, Cambridge. Dianah died on 15 September 1925 in Cambridge.
War Graves Photographic Project
England & Wales, FreeBMD Birth Index, 1837-1915
England & Wales, FreeBMD Marriage Index, 1837-1915
England & Wales, FreeBMD Death Index, 1837-1915
England & Wales, Death Index, 1916-2007
UK and Ireland, Find A Grave Index, 1300s-Current
UK, Army Registers of Soldiers’ Effects, 1901-1929,
UK, Soldiers Died in the Great War, 1914-1919
1861, 1871, 1881, 1891, 1901, 1911 England census
Cambridge Independent Press, Friday, 30 April 1915
By Emma Easterbrook and Ian Bent