MUNNS, George

No.128224, 2nd Corporal, George MUNNS
Aged 25

3rd Battalion, Special Brigade, Royal Engineers
formerly No.17087, East Surrey Regiment
Killed in Action on Friday, 22nd March 1918

George Munns was born in Soham,(Newmarket Q3-1892 3B:535), son of William Thomas and Caroline MUNNS (née WOODBRIDGE) of East Fen Common

1901 census...Aged 8, he was at East Fen Common with his father William MUNNS [37]Labourer at sewerage works; his mother Caroline [34]; brothers William [16] farm labourer, Benjamin [12] and Arthur [6] and sister Elizabeth [14]. All were born in Soham.

1911 census...Aged 18, he was at East Fen Common, Soham with his parents and brother Benjamin and Arthur. All the men were farm labourer.

His elder brother Benjamin died in 1920 at home as a result of illness contracted in the Army. see here

He enlisted in Newmarket.
In the absence of his Army records it is not possible to pin down where George was killed. Royal Engineers were attached to many units and the Special Brigade was even more mobile. They were not the most popular with their fellow soldiers since they would arrive, let off their gas projectors or cylinders and retire, seldom being around when the enemy retaliated.

It was the 2nd day of the German Spring Offensive, the Kaiserschlacht, and the Allies were being over run by the German storm troopers along the whole front..

photo: Commonwealth War Graves Commission

George Munns is commemorated on the Arras Memorial, Faubourg d'Amiens, bay 1

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