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George Stevenson was born at Southwell in 1887, he was the son of George a general labourer and Hannah Stevenson née Rickett . The family moved to Arnold prior to 1907 and lived at 75 Calverton Road, Arnold, His father George was born in 1857 at Farndon, his mother Hannah Rickett was born in 1867, they were married in 1883 their marriage was recorded in the Southwell registration district, they went on to have the following children, George b1881, Selina b1883, Walter b1889, all were born in Southwell, their final children Horace was born in 1893 at Arnold and Mary was born 1906 at Arnold. In the 1911 census the family are living at Calverton Road, Arnold and are shown as George 59 yrs a general labourer, he is living with his wife Hannah 46 yrs and their children, Mary 5 yrs and Horace 18 yrs a winder. In the same 1911 census George has left the family home having joined the Army and is living in barracks in India, he is shown as being 24 yrs of age and a Private in the 1st battalion Sherwood Foresters Regiment.
He was a professional soldier
13 Mar 1915
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1st Bn Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regiment)
Private George Stevenson attested for 7 year in the Army on 21st July 1907 at Nottingham, he gave his place of birth as Southwell and his age as 18 yrs and 11 months. His medical exam gives his height as 5 feet 3 ½ inches tall and weight as 111 lbs and as having 34 inch chest. His next of kin is his mother Hannah Stevenson of 75 Calverton Road, Arnold and brothers Horace 13 yrs Walter 30 yrs and sisters Mary 26 yrs, and Selina 33 yrs. His service record states he served in India between 5th January 1909 and 2nd October 1914. In the 1911 Census he is shown as being with his battalion 1st battalion Sherwood Foresters at barracks in India . Records in the regimental archives show that he embarked with the 1st Battalion for France, on the 4th November 1914 and that he served with “D” Company. After the battle of Neuve Chappel the battalion retired to reserve trenches at Sign Post Corner (near Veuve Chapelle) George was killed in action by German shell fire in the reserve trenches on the 13th March 1915. His body was buried on the Battlefield and after the war was never identified, he has no known grave, and is commemorated on the Le Touret Memorial, France, Panel 26 and 27.
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