TALBOT, George Henry

5256, Lance Sergeant, George Henry TALBOT
Aged 36

"A" Coy, Depot, Suffolk Regiment
Died of Illness on Thursday 30th January 1919

He is not named on the Newmarket War Memorial

Born in Newmarket in Q3-1882 [Newmarket 3b:515] to Edward and Charlotte TALBOT (née MANSFIELD).

1891 census...George [9] was at 5 Montpelier Place, Lower Station Road, Newmarket with his father Edward [32], a stableman born Isleham; his mother Charlotte [39] born Isleham; brothers Arthur [10], John [6], William [2] and sisters Eliza Mary [7] and Charlotte [4]. All the children were born in Newmarket

1901 census...George had joined the Army in 1898 and was stationed in India. His parents, sister Lottie and brother William plus new sisters Emma [9], Ethel [7] and Maud [6] were living in Workhouse Yard, Lower Station Road, Newmarket.

1911 census...George has not been found in the census. His parents and sister Maud were still at Workhouse Yard.

In 1912 he married Elizabeth Anne HOGAN from the Isle of Wight. Army records show them as living at 29 High Street, Newmarket (unspecified date). The Army also has his parents at Turf Terrace (All Saints Road) Newmarket.

Enlisted in the Suffolk Regiment at Bury S.Edmunds on 20th December 1898 (seemingly having added 2 years to his age). He gave his age as 18 years 2 months, a labourer born and resident in Newmarket. He was in the Militia, had been turned down once for enlistment due to under size chest measurement. He was 5 feet 6.1 inches (167.7 cm) tall, weighed 130 lbs (59.2 kg) with chest 32" to 34" (81.3 to 86.4 cm), grey eyes, brown hair. He was entered as Church of England, later changed to Roman Catholic (his wife's religion).

On 5th January 1901 he was serving in India, until 27th December 1907. Served in the UK until discharge after 12 years service on 19th December 1910.

He joined the "D" Reserves for 4 years on 15th April 1911, even having completed 12 years with the colours. In consequence he was mobilised on 5th August 1914 and was in France by 7th October 1914 but was taken ill and returned to UK on 18th November 1914. His heart complaint led to his medical discharge on the 26th January 1915, with Silver War Badge 7306. He gave his intended address as The Bungalow, Gunville Road, Carisbrooke, I o W. His children Mary and John had been born on the Isle of Wight (Mary Brigid Winifred 1913 and John Edward 1914) and that was to be his home until his death. He became a baker and died in Frank James (Memorial Home) Cottage Hospital, East Cowes.
His widow married Arthur SAUNDERS in Q2-1920 in the Isle of Wight, living at Rill Farm, Chillerton, Newport, Isle of Wight.
George appears on no war memorials, possibly due to the lateness of his death after discharge, or his short time on the Isle of Wight but of course he is recognised by the CWGC. Despite being in France before 22nd November he did not receive the clasp to his 1914 Star. This may have been due his not reaching the battle zone, or more likely , that no claim was made for it, he died before the clasp was instituted. .

George Talbot is buried in Cowes (Northwood) Cemetery, I of Wight..Ref: 3720

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