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George was born in Arnold in 1894 and resided at Nixes Cottages, Redhill with his widowed mother Emma Wheatcroft his father Peter having died before 1911, he had a brother Peter and sister Sarah Emma. His occupation was as a farm labourer
He was employed as a farm labourer
07 Jun 1917
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Lance Corporal
11th Bn Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regiment)
Lance Corporal George Henry Wheatcroft enlisted into the Sherwood Foresters Regiment at Hucknall, Nottinghamshire and after a period of training he was posted to the 11th battalion of the regiment. He landed in France on 27th August 1915 . "In conjunction with the rest of the 2nd Army, the 23rd Division will assault the German trenches round HILL 60 and MOUNTSORREL. The 70th Brigade will be the Left of the 2nd Army offensive and will form a Defensive flank. The 69th Inf. Brigade will attack on the Right of the 70th Inf. Brigade. The dividing line between Brigades is shown on the maps which have already been issued, as is also the objective which is to be consolidated and beyond which no advance is at present contemplated.” This is the order which was set out for the attack which took place on the 7th June 1917, zero hour was 3.10am at which hour two large mines were exploded (one under hill 60 and one under the Caterpillar). The battalion moved forwards and occupied their objective, the majority of casualties occurred after the attack being caused by enemy sniping and shell fire. George was one of those who became a casualty during this action when he was killed in action by one of the above mentioned methods(most probably enemy high explosive shell fire) and his body was never identified. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres, Belgium, Panel 39 and 41.
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