George Thomas Britton

Service:                Army

Rank:                    Lance Corporal

Service No:           498069

Unit:                     476th Field Company Royal Engineers

 

George was born in Hanham in 1876; his parents were George and Sarah Britton the family were living in Conham Hill at the time of the 1881 Census. Still living in Conham Hill in 1891, 15 year old George was employed as a Stone Cutter like his older brother Frederick; his widowed father’s occupation was recorded as General Labourer.  In 1900 George married Caroline Oram Wiltshire from Tinhead Wiltshire and we find them living at no 6 Battenberg Road on the 1901 Census. George, Caroline & their children Dorothy & Oliver were resident at No 6 Air Balloon Hill, St George when the 1911 census was taken.

The 476th Field Company Royal Engineers were a unit attached to The 61st (2nd South Midland) Division, they were engaged in numerous actions on the Somme. By the time it was relieved after fighting all the way back to the very gates of Amiens in the First Battles of the Somme 1918, the Division had been involved in continuous action since August 1917 and was most exhausted. The remnants were moved north to what had been a quieter part of the line on the La Bassee Canal near Bethune. Unfortunately it was near where the Germans launched the second phase of their offensive on 9 April 1918. The Division became involved and many casualties were incurred. On the 14th April 1918 George received shrapnel wounds to the head. The injured George was taken to casualty clearing station & eventually repatriated back to the UK.

George succumbed to his wounds on 12th March 1919 Aged 43, he was buried with Military Honours at Christ Church Hanham.

Grave Reference: Old ground T.20.

Image from private collection of Doug Crew .

George was entitled to the British War Medal & The Victory Medal.


 

References

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

1881, 1891 1901 & 1911 UK census

The Long Long Trail

Western Daily Press

Hanham Local History Society