LAST, George Harry

No.15986, Private, George Harry LAST
Aged 28

8th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment
Killed in Action on Sunday, 19th December 1915

Born in 1889 (1st qtr Bury St.Edmunds 4a:720) son of John and Alice LAST(née MYZEN)

1891 census...Aged 2, he was at 20 Southgate Street with his father John LAST [31] bricklayer's labourer; his mother Alice [30] born Hargrave; brother Walter [2] and sister Hetty [10 months]. Also a visitor, Robert MIZEN [24] born Hargrave (his uncle ?). His father and siblings were born in Bury St.Edmunds

1901 census...Aged 12, he was at 58 Southgate Street with his parents who are both now recorded as RICHARDSON; brothers Walter and John LAST; sister Hettie LAST.

1911 census...Aged 22, a coal porter, he was at 65 Southgate Street with his widowed mother (now LAST again); brother John (domestic groom) and a boarder Alfred RICHARDSON [51] bricklayer's labourer born Bury St.Edmunds.

His brother Walter served in the 2nd Suffolks (2458) and survived the war.

He enlisted in Bury St.Edmunds.
The 19th was the first time the Germans used phosgene gas. The War Diary has
19 Dec 1915... 5.30am Gas attack opened, rapid fire, the Germans did not come over the parapet, very heavy shelling gas cleared at 7.30 pm. Telephone wires cut between coys. B.Coy. in FORWARD COTTAGE trench relieved by 1 Coy 2/York & Lancaster. Heavy shelling all day, also gas shells.

George Last is commemorated on the Menin Gate, Ypres panels 31,33

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