George Wilderspin

WWI Memorial Roll

By Lynette Wray

George Wilderspin


Military History:        


Regiment:                               Labour Corps, ECLC                                                                                                                                Previously Bedfordshire Regiment

Rank:                                      Private

Regimental Number:             427050, previously 31771      

Date of Enlisting:                   16.11.1916

Date of death:                        19.5.1966

Cemetery/ Memorial:            

UK Cemetery/Memorial:       St Mary’s Church Ashwell Roll of Honour


George enlisted on 16 June 1916 with the Bedfordshire Regiment, Regimental number 31771.   He did serve overseas but we do not know in which Theatre of War.  He was wounded and transferred to the Labour Corps (Eastern Centre Labour Corps which was a training centre), Regimental Number 427050.  George was discharged as no longer fit for war service on 28 December 1917 and he returned to Ashwell, Hertfordshire.

George was awarded the British War Medal, the Victory Medal and the Silver War Badge.

He is commemorated on the St Mary’s Church Ashwell Roll of Honour.

George died in Rushden Northamptonshire on 19 May 1966.


Family History:


Date of Birth:                3rd quarter 1891

Birth Place:                   Ashwell, Hertfordshire

Residence:                    St Neots, Huntingdonshire, Cambridgeshire

Marriage:                      (1) 3rd quarter 1914 (2) 2nd quarter 1929


George was born in Newnham, Hertfordshire in the 3rd quarter 1891, the third son of Frank and Emily (nee Lucas) Wilderspin.  George was a pupil at the Merchant Taylors School in Ashwell.

He married Ruth Greensmith in the 3rd quarter 1914 at Ashwell, Hertfordshire. The 1919 Electoral Roll shows them living at Cannon’s Cottages, Ashwell. They had four children, all born at Ashwell, Joseph 2 October 1914, Constance 15 May 1916, Ivy 11 July 1920 and Ida 7 April 1926. Ruth died in September 1927. 

George then married Agnes Dodson at Ashwell, Hertfordshire in 2nd quarter 1929. They moved to St Neots, Huntingdonshire, Cambridgeshire where their son, Peter was born 2nd quarter 1932.

George died in June 1966 at Rushden, Northamptonshire.


George’s brother, Mark also served in the War and survived.




George Wilderspin

Birth Place:

Newnham, Hertfordshire


St Neots, Huntingdonshire, Cambridgeshire

Death Date:

June 1966

Enlistment Place:

Not known




Labour Corps                                                                                                       Previously Bedfordshire Regiment



Regimental Number:

427050                                                                                                                          Previously 31771

Type of Casualty:


Theatre of War:

George did serve overseas but it is not known where.

This page was added on 22/02/2021.