George was a stretcher bearer in the Royal Army Medical Corps and died at the Somme a week after his 22nd birthday on September 16th 1916.
George is remembered as:
- A SON - the youngest of eight surviving sons of son of James and Maria Danson of Poulton-le-Fylde, Lancashire.
- A BROTHER - to Harry, John, Robert, Albert, William. Tom, Frank and only sister Jennie.
George on the right with his brother Tom
Taken by W. J. Gregson & Co, Photographers, 92 Talbot Road, Blackpool
A CHURCH MEMBER - George sang in the choir at St. Chad's Church in Poulton-le-Fylde
|A photograph taken by George's nephew (my uncle) Harry Rawcliffe Danson|
A FRIEND - George had enlisted January 1916 at Halifax, West Yorkshire. His service record gave his address at the time as 17 Harker Street, Harley Bank, Todmorden, with occupation station bookstall manager. I turned to the 1911 census online and found the Dodd family at 17 Harker Street, Harley Bank, Todmorden, with head of household Elizabeth Dodd (occupation choring) and three daughters Amy aged 15 (a cotton weaver), Edna 12 (a fustian sewer) and Lavinia aged 9. This photograph was found amongst the collection of George's sister Jennie, who wrote the inscription on the back.
- AN EMPLOYEE - in the 1911 census 16 year old George was described as a "bookstall newsboy". He later worked on WH Smith station bookstalls in Poulton, Manchester and Todmorden.
|George in front of his station bookstall.|
- A SOLDIER
The death announcement in the local paper read
|Guard's Cemetery, Les Boeufs, near Albert - George's final resting place. |
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