Thomas George (1895‒1915), Private (14712), 8th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment, died of heart failure as a result of pneumonia at Colchester Military Hospital, Essex on 26 April 1915. His body was brought back to Cambridge and he was buried in Mill Road Cemetery. The 8th Battalion was formed at Bury St Edmunds in September 1914, and landed in France on 25 July 1915. He was also commemorated on the Cambridge Guildhall War Memorial.

Thomas was born in 1895 in Newmarket, Cambridgeshire. He was the only child of Thomas George and Dianah 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. (See download for his obituary.)
Thomas George obituary

Thomas’ maternal cousin, Lance Corporal Rennie Archibald William Curtis, Private (G/2772), 12th Battalion, Duke of Cambridge’s Own (Middlesex) Regiment, was also killed during World War I on 26 September 1916, aged 27. He was buried in Grave I.D.2, Connaught Cemetery, Thiepval, France.

George grave
George monument



Lat Lon : 52.201872, 0.13786037 – click here for location

Parish : Holy Trinity

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Cambridge Independent Press, Friday, 30 April 1915

By Emma Easterbrook and Ian Bent

Thomas George