George MIDDLETON

  • 1911 Occupation
  • Domicile                               13, Gripps Cottages
  • Date of Birth                       1893
  • Date of Death                      30 May 1915
  • Kin                                        Son of William and Sarah Ann Middleton (Nee Andrews)
  • Regiment                             2nd Bn Royal Welsh Fusiliers
  • Division                                6 Division
  • Brigade                                19 Infantry Brigade
  • Enlistment Date                 Pre 1914
  • Service Number                 10301
  • Rank                                     Pte
  • Medals                                 1914/1915 Star, British War Medal, Allied Victory Medal
  • Date of Death                      30 May 1915
  • Age at Death                       22
  • Commemorated                 Bois Grenier Communal CemeteryD14

 

The name George Middleton appears on the Cotgrave War Memorial and on the Memorial Board in All Saints Church Cotgrave.

George was born in Edmonton, Middlesex to William Middleton and his wife Sarah Ann (Nee Andrews) who married on 30th October 1881. William was born in Tollerton in 1859 and when he was a teenager moved to London where he worked as a Brewers Drayman in Edmonton and then a Greengrocer in Chingford. By 1915 the Middleton family had moved back to Nottinghamshire and lived at 13 Gripps Cottages.

We are currently unsure about when and where George was attested into the Army but believe him to have been a regular soldier attested before 1914.
2nd Battalion Royal Welch Fusiliers returned from India and arrived at Portland just after the outbreak of WW1. George landed in Rouen, France on or about 13 August 1914 where his Battalion was to be employed as Lines of Communications Troops under command of the 19th Independent Brigade attached to 6th Division. The Brigade remained as Lines of Communication Troops until 31 May 1915, one day after George died.
While he was not involved in any particular action at the time of his death war diaries do show that many casualties occurred at that time due to sniping and shell fire in the area of Armentieres where we believe George was serving. Hence why he is buried in the communal cemetery at Bois Grenier, 3 Kilometers south of the town.