Long term readers of my blog will know how much I like to mark the month of November by thinking of Remembrance Day and paying tribute to our ancestors who fought in war. This story of my great uncle George Danson (1894-1916) is adapted from a posting that first appeared in the Sepia Saturday series.
This is the sad story of a short life - that of my great uncle George Danson who was killed at the Battle of the Somme a week after his 22nd birthday. Photographs and memorabilia here came from the collection of his only sister Jennie.
George Danson was the youngest of eight surviving sons of James Danson and Maria Rawcliffe of Poulton-le-Fylde, Lancashire. Born in 1894, he was followed three years later by the birth of an only daughter Jennie. George was the favourite uncle of my mother and aunt, and they had fond memories of him, perhaps because he was nearest to them in age and took on the role of the big brother. I can see why in the photographs of him below.
George (below) worked on W.H. Smith bookstalls at different railway stations.
George joined the Royal Army Medical Corps in 1916 and I was lucky enough to trace his service record on www.ancestry.co.uk as many were destroyed in the Second World War. On his enlistment, George's medical report stated he was 5'3" tall, weighed 109 lbs. (under 8 stone), with size 34 1/2 chest and he wore glasses.
A photograph of George, with his brother Tom on the left,
Taken by W. J. Gregson & Co, Photographers, 92 Talbot Road, Blackpool.
|One of the many embrodered cards sent back from Flanders to George's mother Maria Danson|
Sympathy Sunday is one of many daily blog prompts from www.geneabloggers.com to encourage writrs to record their damily history.