George Edwin Maylor WESTMAN

  • 1911 Occupation               Poultry Farmer
  • Domicile                             James and Sarah Westman, Colston Bassett
  • Occupation                        Hall Boy
  • Age in 1911                        25
  • Unit                                    A Bty Royal Field Artillery 176th Leicester (Howitzer) Brigade
  • Service Number               L/7840 Enlisted in Nottingham
  • Rank                                  Gunner
  • Date of Death                    17th August 1916, Killed in Action
  • Age at Death                     30
  • Battle SitRep                     Somme; Battle of Poziers Ridge
  • Commemorated                Special Memorial 4, Peake Wood Cemetery, Fricort, France

His birth was registered as George Edwin Maylor Westman in the fourth quarter of 1885 in the Registration District of Bingham. However, he was usually known as Edwin.

In 1891, listed as Edwin Westman aged 5 was living in Colston Bassett, Nottingham with his family. As well as Edwin, the household included father James aged 41 born Turton, Lancashire, mother Sarah age 43 born Liverpool, brother William aged 16, sisters Elizabeth aged 15, Alice aged 13 and Nellie aged 8 years old.

In 1901, listed as George E M Westman aged 15, born in Colston Bassett he was living in Freeland, Oxfordshire. He was working as a Hall boy (domestic).

In 1911, listed as Edwin Westman, single, Poultry Farmer aged 25. He was living in Colston Bassett, Nottinghamshire with parents, James aged 60, a domestic coachman, Sarah aged 63 born in Liverpool also, boarders John Welland and Fred Sleath.

Edwin was married in 1915 . His marriage to Ada N Tarry was registered in quarter three 1915 in the Registration District of Brixworth, Northamptonshire.
Ada Nelly Tarry’s birth was registered in Brixworth in the first quarter of 1891.

Edwin could have been in another brigade but joined the Royal Field Artillery at some time after 7th June 1915.
The 176th Leicester (Howitzer) Brigade was founded on the 7th June 1915 and was disbanded on the 26th August 1916. The 176th Leicester (Howitzer) Brigade went to France 8/9th January 1916.
It was one of four brigades of the Royal Field Artillery in the 34th Division, the others being the 152nd (Nottingham) Brigade, 160th (Wearside) Brigade and 175th (Staffordshire) .
Royal Field Artillery

George Edwin Maylor Westman died on the 17th August 1916 and he is commemorated on the Special Memorial 4. Peake Wood Cemetery, Fricort, Somme, France.
Peake Wood Cemetery, Fricort, Somme, France.

Peake Wood was the name given by the army to a copse on the south-east side of the road to Contalmaison. The wood fell into Allied hands on 5 July 1916, but the cemetery was not begun until later in the month. It was used as a front line cemetery until February 1917 and was in German hands from the end of March 1918, until nearly the end of the following August.

The cemetery contains 103 burials and commemorations of the First World War, including special memorials to six casualties believed to be buried there but whose graves could not be located.

Edwin’s mother Sarah, at the age of 69 died 4 months after his death.
National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills)
Sarah Westman of Colston Bassett, Nottinghamshirfe (wife of James Westman) died 16 December 1916. Administration Nottingham 6 February to the said James Weston of no occupation. Effects: £73.15s.

George Edwin Maylor Westman – Medal Rolls