John & George Blackwell in the Buxton Advertiser researched 2014
Brother of John Blackwell and the Nephew of Joseph Blackwell (both deceased WW1).
1894: Born 6th December at Edge Hill Liverpool Lancashire, George was christened at St Dunstans, Edge Hill on 30th December 1894..
1899: George started North Road School on 4th April 1899
1901 Census: Living at Dale View, Fairfield.
1911 Census: Living with Mother Mary a Widow @ 55 Fairfield Road aged 16yrs.
Service was firstly with the Middlesex Regiment. Service No: Pte 5808, Transferred to 7th Battalion Northamptonshire regiment Service No: 21992.
Commemorated @ Thiepval Memorial, Picardie, France Plot 11a, Face 11d.
Georges younger brother John Blackwell, Corporal 266607 also lost his life in 1917, younger brother Alfred Pte 79279 served with the Somerset Light Infantry, there was also another brother Reginald.
Obituary from The Buxton Advertiser
Pte. G W Blackwell
Mrs Blackwell, of 15, Fairfield Road, has now received official news from the War Office of the death of her son, Private G. W. Blackwell, of the 1st Garrison Company, North Hants Battalion. He was killed in action on July 16th. He had previously been wounded in France, being then attached to the 11th Middlesex Regiment, but after recovering from his wounds he was transferred to the 1st North Hants Garrison Company and was stationed in Egypt. After a while he was drafted back to France again, where he had only been one month. His other brother, Pte. J. Blackwell, 16th Sherwood Foresters, is also serving in the Great Push. George enlisted in the Middlesex Regiment on November 11th 1914, along with the late Private J. Rawlinson of Fairfield. With Mrs Blackwell and family the deepest sympathy will be felt. (‘Buxton Advertiser’ 2nd September 1916).
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