Teague, George

Name of Researcher / Enw’r ymchwylydd: Mavis Williams

Name of Memorial / Enw’r gofeb: Connahs Quay

Name / Enw: Teague, George

Regiment/Catrawd: Royal Welsh Fusiliers 1st Bn.

Service Rank and Number / Rheng gwasanaeth a rhif: 5713

Military Cemetery/Memorial / Fynwent milwrol: Chocques Military Cemetery

Ref No Grave or Memorial / Rhif cyfeirnod bedd: I. C. 9.

Country of Cemetery or Memorial / Gwlad y fynwent neu gofeb: France

Medals Awarded / Medalau a ddyfarnwyd: Victory, British War and 1915 Star medals

Date of Death: 17th May 1915

Date and Circumstances of Death / Dyddiad ac amgylchiadau marwolaeth:

17th May 1915, Died of Wounds.

George Teague was born circa 1880 in Birkenhead, his parents, Richard and Mary Teague (nee Roberts) were, I believe, married in the November quarter of 1856 at Liverpool (Volume Number: 8b, Page Number: 144). And on the 1881 census they were living at 11, Church Terrace, Birkenhead, Cheshire, George made his first appearance, but he was only 6 months old and there was a gap of 23 years between his eldest brother William, 23.   Their father Richard Teague, 52, a Stonemason had been born in Gloucester, England, his wife Mary, 42 had been born in Shropshire, England.   The next eldest was Richard, 21, also a Stonemason, born Birkenhead, Cheshire, sister Elizabeth, 20 a General Servant was born in Homer, Hereford, Thomas, 14, Hugh, 8, Edith, 4, Arthur, 2 and then George who was 6 months old.   All the latter had been born in Birkenhead, Cheshire.

The 1891 census sees the family living at 22, Mornington Street, Birkennhead, Cheshire.   Richard Teaue was now 63 an still a Stonemason, born in Daglingworth, Glous., Mary was now 58 and had been born in St. Martin’s, Shropshire.  Still at home was Hugh, 18 a General Labourer, Edith, 14, Arthur, 12, and George 10.

I cannot find George in the 1901 census, but suspect because of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission additional information: Son of the late Richard and Mary Teague, of Birkenhead. Served in the South African Campaign. –  He had probably enlisted.

I believe that his father Richard died in the June quarter of 1900 in Birkenhead (Vol: 8a Page: 321)

His mother Mary, 62 is on the 1901 census still living at 22, Mornington Street, now a widow with her son Arthur, 22, Single and a Stone Mason, with a niece Mary Roberts, 26, single and born in Birkenhead.

I believe Mary died 3 years later in the March quarter of 1904 in Birkenhead, (Cheshire Volume: 8a, Page: 337)

The 1911 census finds George in Civvy Street again, if he was in the Army, as he is living at 183, High Street, Connah’s Quay as a General Labourer at the Ironworks (John Summer’s & Sons, Hawarden Bridge Streelworks, probably).   He was a boarder at the home of Samuel Morris, 32 and his wife Elizabeth, 34 with 4 of their 5 children.  George states he was a age 32 and single.

I cannot find any Army Service Records for George, but the UK, Soldiers Died in the Great War, 1914-1919 about George Teague tells us that  his regimental details are correct and his birth place was St. Anne’s, Birkenhead and he enlisted in Wrexham.

George Teague in the British Army WWI Medal Rolls Index Cards, 1914-1920 tells us there was confusion about his name of TEAGUE, he was on one card named LEAGUE, which was amended to TEAGUE, but only the 15 Star was mentioned, his other Medals, i.e. Victory & British Medals were on a separate card with the name of George LEAGUE,  Regtl. No.5713

George Teague in the UK, Army Registers of Soldiers’ Effects, 1901-1929 tells us that the sole Legatee was his brother Richard who was paid £4. 15s 0d on the 10th March 1916 and his War Gratuity of £3 on the 3rd July 1919.

George Teague is also remembered on the Hawarden War Memorial and the Memorial Screen to the left of the alter in St. Ethelwold’s Church, Shotton.   He was well loved.