Corporal 7801 George Henry Maybury

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Died of Wounds on Tuesday, 4th April 1916, age 20.
Buried in Grave I. A. 24. at Aubigny Communal Cemetery Extension, Pas De Calais, France.

'A' Company of 1st/5th Bn., South Staffordshire Regiment. 137th Brigade of 46th Division.

Son of Ex. Col. Serjt. G. Maybury (late Worcestershire Regt.) and Mrs Maybury, of 1a, Allcock St., Ocker Hill, Tipton, Staffs.
Born: Rangoon, Burma, Enlisted: Wednesbury, Resident: Tipton.

First landed France & Flanders, 5th March 1915.
Medal entitlement: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal.
Soldier's Papers at National Archives did not survive.

Commemorated on the Tipton Library, and St. Mark's memorials.
Commemorated here because he appears on a Tipton memorial.

Link to Commonwealth War Graves Site: www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/995908/

Genealogical Data

1901 Census
Blenheim Barracks, Aldershot, Hampshire.
Head of family George Henry Maybury was not recorded on the census at this location, it is likely he was in South Africa.
Margaret Maybury (42, born Ireland), and their 6 children: John M. (8, born Ireland), Margaret M. (6, born India), George H. (5, born Burma), Louisa M. (3, born Devonport), Kathleen (1, born Aldershot).

1911 Census
1a Allcock Street, Ocker Hill, Tipton, Staffs.
George Henry Maybury (42, Army Pensioner, born Wednesbury), his wife Margaret Mary (42, born Clara Quinn, Ireland), and their 6 children: John Michael (18, Trolleyer at Rolling Mills, born Kerry Causeway), Margaret Mary (16, born Bombay), George Henry Guy (15, Turner at Tube Works, born Madras), Louisa Marie (13, School, born Devonport), Kathleen (11, School, born Aldershot), and Percy Cyril (3, born Wednesbury).

Personal Data

As George Maybury landed with the 46th (North Midlands) Division in March 1915, he was a pre-war Territorial soldier. His father was Colour Sergeant George Maybury, who served in numerous places around the world with the Worcesters. George junior was born in Burma in 1896, his siblings were born in Ireland, India, and the final 3 born in England. His death was a result of wounds received when a German mine was exploded beneath the British trenches at Neuville St Vaast.

After George's death, his outstanding army pay and allowances amounted to £3/13/3d (3 pounds, 13 shillings and 3 pence); this was paid to his father and sole legatee, George, in May1916. His War Gratuity was £8/0/0d (8 pounds exactly), this was also paid to his father in September 1919. The value of the War Gratuity suggests that George had enlisted in approximately September 1914.

Action resulting in his death

Walsall newspapers of the period report that Private David Gee died on Tuesday 4th April 1916 as a result of wounds received following an explosion of a mine that occurred during Sunday 2nd April 1916 at Neuville St Vaast, and that George Maybury was wounded in the same explosion. They were both moved to either the 30th or 42nd Casualty Clearing Stations at Aubigny for treatment, unfortunately both Maybury and Gee succumbed two days later.

At the time of his death the 1/5th along with the 1/6th South Staffs were holding trenches at Neuville St Vaast, north of Arras, in the area of Vimy Ridge. The trenches had just been captured from the Germans, who were determined to regain possession and were using mines to achieve this.

The War Diary for 2 April 1916 records,
"The enemy exploded a mine on the south side of B4 crater. This was immediately followed by a second explosion south west of the same crater. Parties rushing into the crater could not enter; trenches were badly damaged, and several men were in a state of collapse from the fumes. The enemy opened heavy fire with rifle grenades and trench mortars from a sap on the right side of the crater, also machine-gun fire from the direction of Point 5. We established a bombing post and placed a Lewis Gun on the northern lip of the crater, and dug a communication trench round to O.64. Casualties Lt. Alfred Smith killed and 2/Lt Wilkinson wounded. 5 other ranks killed, 14 wounded, 6 missing, 1 slightly wounded and remained at duty."

George Maybury is buried in Aubigny Communal Cemetery Extension in Grave I.A.24. and Private 199 David Thomas Gee buried at 1.A.22.

Newspaper Cuttings

Tipton Herald 12th September 1914
The following is a first list of men from Ocker Hill (Tipton) who are serving in His Majesty's forces:- includes Harry Maybury.