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  • Commonwealth war grave headstone marking his grave at Sanctuary Wood Cemetery Belgium. Courtesy of Murray Biddle
Person Details
22 Feb 1893
Old Basford, Nottingham
George Litchfield was the son of William James Litchfield and Betsey Bonser who married at Nottingham in 1881. Their children included: Frank (b.1884), Emma (b.1887), Charley/Charles (b.1890), George (b.1893), William Henry (b.1896) and Florence Gertrude (b.1900). The family lived at: 1 Forster Avenue, Radford [C.1891];14 Brixton Street, Radford [C.1901 & CWGC]. William James Litchfield, a lace maker, died at Nottingham in 1921, aged 59. His widow, Betsey, died at Nottingham, aged 78, in 1941. In the 1911 census George is 20 yrs of age and a Private with the Northumberland Fusiliers in barracks on Wakefield Road, Pontefract. With the exception of Frank Litchfield who was living in Radford, none of the other Litchfields turn up in the 1911 census. Evidently they were missed off the survey.
08 May 1915
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2654
Private
2nd Bn Northumberland Fusiliers
Private George Litchfield, enlisted on 15th July 1909 and served 6 yrs and joined the reserves. Called up on mobilisation 4th August 1914, he served with 2nd Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers, He landed in France with the battalion on 16th January 1915 He was killed in action on 8th May 1915 during the Second battle for Ypres, and is buried in Sanctuary Wood Cemetery,
Article from De Ruvignys Roll of Honour 1914-1919 :- George Litchfield Private 2654 2nd battalion Northumberland Fusiliers son of William Litchfield 14 Buxton Road, Old Radford, Nottingham lace maker by his wife Betsy daughter of John Bonser, born Old Basford 22nd February 1893, educated at Foster Street council school. He enlisted on 15th July 1909 and served 6 yrs and joined the reserves. Called upon mobilisation 4th August 1914, went to France 16th January 1915. He was killed in action during the second battle of Ypres 8th May 1915, buried on the battlefield there. He was a good all round sportsman, played hockey for the garrison and was a keen runner and a good boxer.
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  • Commonwealth war grave headstone marking his grave at Sanctuary Wood Cemetery Belgium. Courtesy of Murray Biddle
    George Litchfield - Commonwealth war grave headstone marking his grave at Sanctuary Wood Cemetery Belgium. Courtesy of Murray Biddle
  • Photograph was published on 7th February 1916 in the Nottingham Evening Post and is courtesy of Jim Grundy and his facebook pages Small Town Great War Hucknall 1914-1918
    George Litchfield - Photograph was published on 7th February 1916 in the Nottingham Evening Post and is courtesy of Jim Grundy and his facebook pages Small Town Great War Hucknall 1914-1918