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George was born in 1898 and was the son of George and Agnes Camm née Luck of 68 Highbury Avenue, Bulwell, Nottingham. George was born in Willoughby in Nottinghamshire and his wife Agnes Matilda Sarah Geraldine Luck was born in Hyson Green. They were married in 1888; the marriage was recorded in the East Retford registration district. George senior worked for the Great Central Railway as a traffic inspector and judging by the birth places of his six children moved around the county with his job. His first three children were all born in Ordsall, Agnes in 1891, Harry born 1893 and Ada born 1895; his son George was born in Hull, Lincolnshire in 1898 and after the turn of the century his final two daughter Olive born 1901 and Kate born 1904 were born in Old Basford. By the 1911 census the family are living at 75 Wallis Street, Old Basford and George is 13 years of age and is a scholar.
He was a clerk when he enlisted in 1914
10 Nov 1917
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68 Highbury Avenue, Buwell
216th Coy Machine Gun Corps
George enlisted in Nottingham on 26th October 1914, he gave his age as 19 yrs (he was in fact 17 years of age his birth having been registered in the December quarter 1897). His occupation is a clerk and his address as 68 Highbury Avenue, Bulwell, Nottingham. He served with service number 3253 in the 7th Reserve battalion Sherwood Foresters. He first went to France on 18th August 1915. He injured his left hand whilst road building on 22nd February 1916 and returned to England on 7th March 1916. He was transferred to the Machine Gun Corps (regular army) on 17th December 1916. On 18th March 1917 he was embarked at Folkstone, disembarking the following day in Boulogne, and joined the British Expeditionary Force. He joined 216th Company of the Machine Gun Corps in the field on 31st March 1917. He was killed in action on 10th November 1917. He has no known grave and his name is commemorated on the Tyne cot memorial, Somme France. He had served for 3 years and 16 days.
His only brother Harry also served during the Great War with the Sherwood Foresters and was killed in action on 9th August 1915 in Gallipoli. Obituary published in the Nottingham Evening Post 9th November 1918: - “CAMM. – In loving memory of George, killed in action November 10th, 1917; Harry, killed in action August 9th, 1915. – Our only sons.” Above obituary courtesy of Jim Grundy and his facebook pages Small Town Great War Hucknall 1914-1918.
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