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Slyfield, George

George Slyfield
Corporal George Slyfield (M/302500)
Pneumonia on Tuesday 22nd October 1918, aged 35
Son of William & Ellen Jane (née Moorcock)
Father's occupation: Gardener
Born 21st September 1883 at Hurst
4 sisters, 2 brothers, position in family: 2
Relatives: Wife - Florence Emma Slyfield (née Taylor)
Infant School:Bearwood County
Senior School:Bearwood County
Admitted:7th May 1888
Age on admission:4
Left school:24th April 1898
Age at leaving:14
Local address: Priors Court Cottage, Chieveley
Pre-war occupation: Domestic Groom
Regiment:Army Service Corps
Battalion:21st GHQ
Died:Tuesday 22nd October 1918
Commemorated:Grave at Abbeville Communal Cemetery Extension

George Slyfield was born in Hurst on 21st September 1883 to William and Ellen Slyfield, the second eldest of seven children. He was christened on 28th October that year at St.Nicholas Church. The family lived in King Street, Winnersh and in May 1888 George started at Bearwood Country Primary School.

George left school in April 1898 and by 1901 he was working and living as a domestic groom at Winnersh Lodge, close to his parent's home. By 1911 George was lodging with the Nicholls family at Bowden Green, Pangbourne, and still working as a domestic groom.

On the 9th April 1912 George married Florence Emma Taylor at St.Nicholas Church, Hurst. George gave his occupation as coachman.

In 1918 Geroge was serving as a corporal in the Army Service Corps in northern France. He died of pneumonia on 22nd October. He is buried in Abbeville Communal Cemetery Extension.


George Slyfield at Abbeville Communal Cemetery Extension
Abbeville Communal Cemetery Extension

They shall not grow old, as we that are left grow old.
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun, and in morning
We will remember them.
Lawrence Binyon