Regiment: Not known
Rank: Not known
Regimental Number: Not known
Date of Enlisting: 10.1915
Date of death: 10.7.1948
UK Cemetery/Memorial: St Mary’s Church Ashwell Roll of Honour
George first enlisted with the Kings Royal Rifles at Winchester, Hampshire on 13th March 1887 as a private, Regimental Number 5053. On 25th November 1890 he was posted to India and took part in the Miranzi expedition of 1891 and the Isazal expedition of 1892. He also took part in the Relief of Chitral in 1895. George returned to England in January 1897. On 13th December 1899 he was posted to South Africa to fight in the Boer War, returning to England on 3rd April 1902 when he was discharged from the army.
George was awarded the India medal with clasps for Samana 1891, Hazara 1891 and Chitral 1895. He was also awarded the South Africa Medal.
At the outbreak of WWI George enlisted again in October 1915. Nothing is known of this period of his military history. At the time of enlisting he was working in a government factory, Royal Small Arms, so it is possible that this was a ‘reserved occupation’ and he remained working there throughout the War.
George survived the War and died at Waltham Cross, Hertfordshire on 10th July 1948.
He is commemorated on the St Mary’s Church Ashwell Roll of Honour.
Date of Birth: 9.7.1869
Birth Place: Cheshunt, Hertfordshire
Residence: Waltham Cross, Hertfordshire
George was born at Cheshunt, Hertfordshire on 9th July 1869, the second son of William and Lucy (possibly nee Smith) Thurlow. The 1881 census shows the family living in Bygrave where George’s brother had been born in 1879. George was a pupil of the Merchant Taylors School in Ashwell.
George married Lizzie Ginn at Sacombe, Hertfordshire on 1st August 1887. They had three children, Minnie born 2nd quarter 1898, George William born 2nd quarter 1900 and Stanley born 2nd quarter 1905.
George died at Waltham Cross, Hertfordshire on 10th July 1948.
|Birth Place:||Cheshunt, Hertfordshire|
|Residence:||Waltham Cross, Hertfordshire|
|Enlistment Place:||Winchester, Hampshire|
|Regimental Number:||Not known|
|Type of Casualty:||Survived|
|Theatre of War:||Not known|