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Born 1887 at Ilkeston he was the son of Henry and Selina Columbine. George had 2 older brothers the eldest of whom was a coal miner like their Father. In the 1891 census the family were living at no 11 Ash Street, Ilkeston. By 1891 the family had moved to No 4 archer Street in Ilkeston and George and his other brother were also now working in the colliery as hewers at the coal face. The family had increased with the addition of a younger brother Horace. By 1911 the family had moved to No 33 Willow road, Carlton. Horace too was now working at the colliery with the horses. Their father Henry died in 1916 but Selina lived until 1941.
Coal hewer underground
19 Jul 1916
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180th Tunnelling Coy Royal Engineers
George started the war as Private 15586 of the kings Own Scottish Borderers but was then transferred to the Royal Engineers as Sapper 79562. He arrived in France 11 July 1915. George was killed in action and is commemorated on the Arras memorial. He was eligible for the 1915 Star, British and Victory medals
In memoriam published 19th July 1917 in the Nottingham Evening Post :- “COLUMBINE. – In ever loving memory of my dear son, G. W. Columbine, sapper, R.E., killed in action July 19th, 1916. – Gone, but not forgotten, by his mother and brothers.” Above is courtesy of Jim Grundy and his facebook pages Small Town Great War Hucknall 1914-1918
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