Private 17072 George Glover

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The Glover brothers. From the left, Alfred, George (standing) and Edward. Photograph courtesy of Rosemary Walker.

Killed in Action on Wednesday, 28th March 1917, age 19.
Commemorated on Bay 6 of Arras Memorial, Pas De Calais, France.

1st Bn., South Staffordshire Regiment. 91st Brigade of 7th Division.

Son of Mr Alfred Glover, of 4 Tividale Street, Tipton, Staffs.
Born: Walsall, Enlisted: Birmingham, Resident: Tipton.

First landed Balkans, 21st July 1915.
Medal entitlement: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal.
Soldier's Papers at National Archives did not survive.

Not commemorated on any Tipton memorial.
Commemorated here because identified as Tipton on 'Soldiers Died in the Great War'.

Link to Commonwealth War Graves Site: www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/636500/

Genealogical Data

1901 Census
10 Moat Road, Tipton, Staffs.
Alfred Glover (39, Millwright, born Wednesbury), his wife Mary Ann (39, born Wolverhampton), and their 7 children: Sarah Ellen (18, born Wolverhampton), Florence (15, born Wolverhampton), Gertrude (13, born West Bromwich), Alfred (7, born Willenhall), Edward (5, born Walsall), George (5, born Walsall), Joseph (4, born Walsall), and Laura Elizabeth (10, born Tipton).

1911 Census
4 Tividale Street, Tipton, Staffs.
Alfred Glover (48, Millwright, born Bilston), and 6 of his 8 surviving children of 10: Florence (24, born Wolverhampton), Alfred (17, Moulder, born Wolverhampton), Edward (15, Barrel Worker, born Walsall), George (15, born Walsall), Joseph (14, born Walsall), and Laura Elizabeth (10, born Tipton).

Personal Data

George enlisted with the 7th Bn South Staffs on 16th January 1915 at Suffolk Street, Birmingham along with his brother Joseph. George was given the number 17072, and Joseph 17073. Joseph transferred to the Machine Gun Corps in 1916 and was wounded a number of times before leaving France for the final time in January 1918. He remained in the Army in England until demobilised in 1919. George had two other brothers, Alfred and Edward (George's twin), who also joined the South Staffs; both were discharged after being wounded in action.

After training, George and Joseph embarked at Liverpool on 1st July for Gallipoli. They arrived in Alexandria on 12th July 1915, and then Mudros on 16th July. On 20th sailed in small boats for Cape Hellas, Gallipoli where landed on 21st July.

It is not possible to know George's subsequent service, but Gallipoli was evacuated in December 1915 landing in Imbros, and then in January 1916 moving to Alexandria for Suez Canal defence duties.

At some stage George was transferred to the 1st Battalion, South Staffs; this would probably be after some time away from the 7th South Staffs due to wounds or sickness.

Action resulting in his death

The 1st South Staffs took up a front line position at St Leger on 27th March 1917, preparatory to an attack on Croisilles on the next day. During the course of that attack on the 28th March, 1 officer and 29 Other Ranks were killed in action, amongst them were three Tipton men, Glover, Davies and Jones.

Both George Glover and Harry Davies have no known grave and are commemorated on the Arras Memorial, Thomas Jones is buried in Bucquoy Road Cemetery at Ficheux. Thomas was initially buried at a location midway between St Leger and Croisilles but he was exhumed and re-interred at Bucquoy Road Cemetery in November 1919.

Operations narrative:
At 0545 a creeping barrage opened. 'A' Company were in two waves on the left, 'D' in two waves on the right. 'B' and 'C' Companies in support.

'D' Company met heavy rifle and machine gun fire. In spite of this they advanced a considerable distance. A supporting half-Company ['C'] were also in the attack. A party under 2/Lt Curry got up to the wire at T.23.c. The enemy counter-attacked but were driven off. Curry retired slightly to the sunken road at T.23.d.

'A' Company advanced over the road between T.22.A.2.7 and T.23.A.2.7, and went a distance towards the road in T.12.A and C. They were met by heavy front and enfilade machine gun fire. There was a gap now open between 'A' and 'D' Companies. The situation after 0700 was very obscure, and they were probably counter-attacked. In any case, the enemy got into the gap and behind 'A' Company. All except the left-hand platoon became casualties or were taken prisoner.

At 1500, a half-Company of the Queens, and two machine guns were ordered forward to relieve the pressure on 'D' Company. The Queens reported that they could not get into position, and returned to Battalion HQ.

During the whole day, the various parties of 'C' and 'D' Companies came under very heavy shell fire, and suffered high casualties. At dusk, 'B' Company took over the front line, and the rest were withdrawn to the quarry at St Leger. The Battalion, less 'B' Company, were relieved at 2000.

Newspaper Cuttings

Tipton Herald 30 June 1915
Mr Alfred Glover, of Tividale Street, Tipton, has now sent four sons to Kitchener's Army. They are Alfred, George, Joseph and Edward Glover, and are all in the South Staffordshire Regiment.

Birmingham Daily Post 24th November 1916
The following casualties amongst warrant officers, non-commissioned officers, and men are reported under various dates:
Previously reported missing, now reported wounded.
SOUTH STAFFORDSHIRE REGIMENT.- Glover, 17072, G., (Tipton).

Birmingham Daily Post 11th May 1917
SOUTH STAFFORDSHIRE REGIMENT.- Glover, 17072, G., (Tipton).