Humpage, George Gordon

George Gordon Humpage was born in the December quarter of 1923, (W.Bromwich Vol.  6b, Page 1467), the son of Arthur J. & Nellie Humpage (nee Powell), who had married in the Walsall Registration District in the September quarter of 1919, (Walsall Vol.  6b Page 1713).

George’s father Arthur John, may, I believe, had served in WW1 in the Royal Army Medical Corps, Regimental No. 59487  and he had been awarded the Victory & British War Medals and the 15 Star, he had first served in France from the 19th September 1915.

I know nothing of George Gorgon’s early life and teen years until he is seen again on the Admittance Register at Hawarden Grammar School:-

Hawarden Grammar School Admissions Register E/GS/1/10

1906/2888 HUMPAGE, George Gordon  Date of Birth – 24th September 1923, 69, Mancott Lane, Mancot and Glendene, Gladstone Way, Upperdale, Hawarden, Father – Foreman Ironworker, Date of entry – 13th September 1936, Deeside Central & Hawarden N.P., Date of leaving – 27th July 1939.

The Admittance Register tells us that he left school in the July of 1939 yet he is seen later that year, on the 29th September 1939, when the 1939 National Register was taken, and George Gordon is said to be “At School,” this could of course be a clerical error, however, this document gives us his birthdate of the 24th September 1923.   They were living at Glendene , Hawarden R.D., Flintshire, Wales.

This also gives us the birthdates of his parents, Arthur J. Humpage was born on the 26th October 1893 and he was a Foreman Steel Moulder, (probably at John Summer’s & Son’s Steelworks), his wife, Nellie’s birthdate was the 12th December 1894 and she is described, as most married women with no job, on this register as doing “Unpaid Domestic Duties.”  There are 2 redacted or closed records in this household as well, and could be, perhaps sisters of George Gordon –Hazel & Sheila?  Also n the household was Matilda Powell, born 12th January 1871, an Invalid and married, who I believe her to be Nellie’s mother.

So I also believe that George Gordon was to be in a Training Battalion in the Welsh Guards by 1943,* This website tells us that there was a Welsh Guards Training Battalion based a Sandown Park race track near to Esher, perhaps that is where George Gordon was stationed.   I cannot find any service records for him, except the Casualty List (Page 16),which tells us that he “Died as Result of Accident.”

*This also tells a little of the tragedy at Imber Court where unfortunately on the 30th June 1944 a bomb fell onto Imber Court and killed 20 members of the Welsh Guards Training Battalion who were enjoying the facilities at Imber and competing in their regiment’s annual sports competition.   John Frederick Fernyhough on the Hawarden WW2 War Memorial was one of those who died.   Please click on the link to read his story.

On Saturday the 28th of August, 1943, when returning to the camp, George Gordon was walking under the Long Arch, Portsmouth Road, Thames Ditton, with another soldier when a Salvation Army Tea Canteen van which was driven by a Canadian Soldier, fatally injured him, the other soldier was injured but survived.  The newspaper cuttings are below.   There was an Inquest on the following Friday, when a verdict of “Accidental death” was recorded.

George Gordon Humpage’s Probate :-

HUMPAGE, George Gordon of Glendene, Gladstonw Way, Hawarden, Flintshire died 28 August 1943 at Esher Surrey.    Probate Bangor 31 July to Nellie HUMPAGE (Wife of Arthur John HUMPAGE).

George Gordon Humpage, age 19 years, was brought back to be buried in a family grave in Hawarden Cemetery.    He was very well loved and missed as his family put his name forward to be remembered on the Hawarden WW2 War memorial for perpetuity.

His father, Arthur John Humpage was to pass away in the March quarter of 1980, age 86 years and his mother, Nellie, was to pass away in the July quarter of 1989 age 94 years.

If anyone can add to George Gordon’s story, it will be gratefully received.  He must not be forgotten.

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