Yarnold, George

George Yarnold was born in Hadley, Shropshire, England during November 1885.

The 1901 Census shows that the family lived in Station Road, Hadley, Shropshire.  The head of the family was Thomas Yarnold aged 54, who was employed as a General Labourer.  His wife Mary Jane Yarnold (nee Harris) aged 44 and their 11 (eleven) children – Rebecca Ann Yarnold aged 27, Sally Yarnold aged 21, Herbert Yarnold aged 18, a Coach Polisher, Soloman Thomas Yarnold aged 17, a Coach Painter, George Yarnold aged 15, an Oil Seller, Edwin Yarnold aged 13, Ernest Yarnold aged 11, Arthur William Yarnold aged 9, Henry Yarnold aged 6, Mary Jane Yarnold aged 4 and Margaret Elizabeth Yarnold aged 2 years.  Also living with the family was Mary Jane’s father, Joseph Harris aged 65 Years.

George Yarnold maaried Amy Duffy at St. Thomas’s Church, Rhyl, Flintshire, North Wales and they set up home together in the town.

During early 1915, George enlisted at one of the Recruitment Centres in Liverpool with ‘B’ Battery, 170th Brigade, Royal Field Artillery.  He served in Egypt from 22 December 1915 and later returned with the Brigade to France.

His brother, Herbert Yarnold also served with the Colours in France, but he survived the war.

On 30 June 1919, a payment of £12. 18s. 10d. was made by the War Office to Amy Yarnold, being monies owed to her husband.  On 29 October 1919, a further payment which is recorded as a War Gratuity of £11. 10s. 0d. was also made to her.

George Yarnold is also remembered on a Remembrance plaque at The Royal Alexandra Hospital, Marine Drive, Rhyl, Flintshire and on The North Wales Heroes Memorial Arch, Deiniol Road, Bangor, North Wales.

Learn more about the other soldiers on the Rhyl Memorial

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