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Plumtree, Nottinghamshire
Father: John Taft, born in 1868 in Nottingham and working as a lace warehouseman. Mother: Ada Louisa Taft, born in 1867 at Leicester. Brothers: John H., born in 1891 and Arthur, born in 1893 and working as a lace warehouseman. Sisters: Eva, born in 1895 and Mabel, born in March 1901. All the children were born in Nottingham apart from George. In 1911 they lived at 18 Thurgaton Street Sneinton Nottingham.
George Taft worked as a lace warehouseman.
21 Mar 1918
1671839 - CWGC Website
2/7th Bn Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regiment)
Taft was called up for service and following training he was drafted to France.On 21/03/1918 the Germans launched their spring offensive Operation Michael. There was heavy shelling of the battalion's position in the sunken road between Ecoust and Noreuil. Gas shells fell across the rear areas. The German infantry attacked and there was severe hand-to-hand fighting. By 10.00 a.m. the Germans had broken through on both flanks and soon after the rear was cut off. The last message was received at noon and soon after the battalion ceased to exist. There were 655 casualties, including Taft who was killed in action. His body was never recovered, but his name was commemorated on the Arras Memorial.
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