Driver T/313594 George Henry Kings

Died Home on Tuesday, 24th April 1917, age 34.
Buried in Grave "New ground 248" at Thornton-Le-Fylde (Christ Church) Churchyard, Thornton-Le-Fylde, Lancashire, United Kingdom.

Army Service Corps.

Husband of P. Cudlip (formerly Kings), of Clitheroe's Villa, Marsh Rd., Thornton, Preston.
Born: Tipton, Enlisted: Blackpool, Resident: Thornton, Lancs.

Never served abroad.
Medal entitlement: No medal entitlement.
Soldier's Papers at National Archives survived and transcribed.

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/373690/

Genealogical Data

Birth of George Henry Kings registered June quarter 1882 in Dudley.

1901 Census
Yew Tree Cottages, Turnnah, Thornton Le Fylde, Lancashire.
John Kings (55, General Labourer, born Dodderhill, Worcs), his wife Sarah (58, born Tipton), and their 5 children: James (23, General Labourer, born Tipton), Edward (21, Butcher's Assistant, born Tipton), George H. (18, General Labourer, born Tipton), John W. (17, Cooper's Apprentice, born Tipton), and Frank G. (14, General Labourer, born Northwich, Cheshire).

1911 Census
15 Brookfield Terrace, Thornton Le Fylde, Lancashire.
George Henry Kings (28, Labourer, born Tipton), his wife Phoebe (26, born Freckleton, Lancs), and their only child: Doreen (2, born Thornton Le Fylde, Lancs).

Personal Data

George Kings was born in Tipton, possibly in Leabrook. By the time George was 9 years of age the family had left Tipton, moving to Runcorn and then to Thornton, Lancashire.

George attested for service on the 9th December 1915, possibly under the Derby Scheme, and was immediately allocated to the Army Reserve. He was 33 years old, 5 feet 6 inches tall, with a 37-inch chest, weighing 10 stones, and his occupation was stated as Hawker. He was married to Phoebe, and they had one daughter, Doreen, born in 1908. The family were living in Fleetwood Road, Thornton, Lancashire.

He was mobilised on 2nd April 1917, joining the No. 2 (Depot) Motor Transport Company of the Army Service Corps.

Action resulting in his death

George's Army career was short. Less than 3 weeks after being called-up, on the 21st April, he was admitted to the Royal Herbert Hospital, Woolwich with pneumonia, ande died just 3 days later, at 1.45am on the 24th April. His wife, Phoebe, was present at the time of his death.

George's body was tranported back home to Lancashire, and buried in the Christ Church Churchyard, Thornton-Le-Fylde.

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