West, George

Name of Researcher / Enw’r ymchwylydd: Eifion & Viv Williams

Name of Memorial / Enw’r gofeb: Mold

Name / Enw: West, George

Regiment/Catrawd: 18th Bn The King’s (Liverpool Regiment)

Service Rank and Number / Rheng gwasanaeth a rhif: Private 17097

Military Cemetery/Memorial / Fynwent milwrol: Thiepval Memorial

Ref No Grave or Memorial / Rhif cyfeirnod bedd: Pier and face 1D 8B and 8C

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

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

Date of Death: 1st July 1916

Date and Circumstances of Death / Dyddiad ac amgylchiadau marwolaeth:

Killed at the Somme 1st July 1916

George West (On the Flintshire Roll of Honour he is named as Louis St George West but so far we have not found this anywhere else).

He signed his attestation papers on 31st August 1914. His next of kin was named on his Casualty Report sheet as his mother Annie M West of 65 Ackeroyd St, Higher Openshaw, Manchester. His military history sheet records that he was based ‘at home’ from 31st Aug 1914 to 6th Nov 1915. He served in France from 7, November 1915 to 1st July 1916 – a total  service of 1 year and 308 days. His personal effects after his death consisted of 1 diary and 1 mirror. How sad is that?

The 1911 census finds George aged 16yrs living in Ackeroyd St, Higher Openshaw Manchester with his mother Annie  49 and with Eleanor West 15 whom we believe is Geoge’s sister. The three Wests are boarders at the home of George Ekins a fruiterer. Annie helps in the business.  The census form states that George had been born in Mold Flintshire. He was, in 1911, a clerk for the railway.

The person who provided the information for his Flintshire Roll of Honour Card was  Eleanor M West an Aunt. It is she that provided the name Louis St George. The address given is 3 Garden Terrace Mold.  She also completed the card for Percy West who also appears on the Mold Memorial and whom we believe was her brother.