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George was identified as a Nottingham casualty from the battalion of the Sherwood Foresters in which he served, the 7th (Robin Hood) Battalion which drew recruits from the city. The CWGC record does not give any family details and there were numerous families in Nottingham with the surname and with first names in common. However, two of George's military records give the name of his mother, Eliza, which has led to the probable identification of George's family. George's parents were John and Eliza Tyers. Both were born in Nottingham, John in about 1853 and Eliza in 1854 (A/M/J Nottingham). They were married on 27 February 1875 at Nottingham St John (J/F/M Nottingham) and had ten children of whom only eight were still living in 1911. Eight children were recorded on the census between 1881 and 1911: Ann birth registered 1875 (J/F/M Nottingham), Maria b. 1876 (O/N/D Nottingham), Emma Lizzie (also Eliza) b. 1878 (O/N/D Nottingham), John b. 1880 (O/N/D Nottingham), Eliza Ann birth registered 1883 (J/F/M Nottingham) bap. Sneinton St Philip 30 May 1883, Alice birth registered 1885 (J/F/M Nottingham), Julia birth registered 1889 (J/F/M Nottingham) and George John W. b. 1896 (O/N/D Nottingham). The registrations of births give the mother's previous surname as 'Litchfield' with the exception of Ann's record, 'Lichfield'. One of the two children who died in infancy was probably Percy b. 1891 (J/A/S Nottingham-Litchfield) d. 1893 (A/M/J Nottingham. In 1881 John (27) a coal labourer, and Eliza (26) a lace hand, were living at 5 Southwell Road, Nottingham, with their four children Ann (6), Maria (4), Emma Eliza (2), John (u/1yr). Also in the household was Eliza's brother, David Litchfield (22) a labourer. By 1891 the family was living on Lucknow Street, Nottingham. John was now working as a boatman while Eliza was a lace clipper. Five children were in the home on the night of the census: Ann (16) and Maria (14) who were both lace clippers, John (10), Eliza (8) and Alice (6). Emma, who would have been about 12 years old, has not been traced after the 1881 Census although there is a record of the marriage of an Emma Elizabeth Tyers to Joseph Sharp at Sneinton St Luke on 26 February 1898. A son, Percy, was born later that year but died in 1893. In 1901 John and Eliza were living at 8 Sheridan Street, Nottingham. John was working as a sanitary labourer while Eliza was no longer in work. In the home on the night of the census were Ann (26) a lace hand, John (21) a general labourer, Eliza (19) a lace dresser, Alice (17) a lace hand, George (5) and a married daughter, Maria Wheatley (25) and her two children, Emma L. (4) and Eliza (2). John snr. probably died in 1910 (O/N/D Nottingham) Eliza was still living at 8 Sheridan Street in 1911. In the home on the night of the census was her youngest child George (15), a carter at Skinner & Rook (a mineral works) and a married daughter Julia Porter (23) a lace hand/clipper, her husband, Albert Porter (25) a hawker (fish), and their infant son Albert. Julia and Albert had been married for four years and their son was the only one of three children to survive infancy. Eliza probably died in 1926 (A/M/J Nottingham).
In 1911 he was a carter at a mineral works, Skinner & Rook.
01 Jul 1916
817596 - CWGC Website
Sneinton Nottingham
1/7th Bn Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regiment)
Formerly 3872, 1/7th Bn Sherwood Foresters, George was killed on the first day of the Battle of the Somme. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial. He qualified for the 1914/15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.
Registers of Soldiers' Effects: his mother Eliza was his sole legatee. WW1 Pension Ledgers: his mother, Eliza, was named on the ledger.
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