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Sneinton Nottingham
George Daft was born in 1877 the son of Henry a bricklayer and Lucy Daft of 5 Westgate Street, St Ann’s, Nottingham. George joined the army in 1896 on a 12 year engagement and served in South Africa from November 1899 to September 1902; he was discharged from the army in 1908. George (25) married Amy Baxter (17) on 29th December 1902 at Christchurch, Coalville, Leicestershire; both were resident in Coalville. Amy was born in Kegworth, Notts/Derbys border, in December 1885, the daughter of William Bryan Baxter, a collier. In 1901 she was a domestic servant in the household of John Simpson, a butcher (own account), of Loughborough, Leicestershire. George and Amy had had five children by 1911 of whom only three survived and then at least a further three children: William Henry b. 1903 and George b. 1907, both born in Ashby de la Zouch Leicestershire, Arthur b. Shirebrook Derbyshire 1909 and Herbert b. 1911, Walter b. 1913 and Lavinia Amy b. 1915 (death reg. 1917 J/F/M) who were all born in Mansfield. In 1911, George, a stallman miner hewer, and his wife were living at 32 Merchant Street, Shirebrook, with their three sons William, George and Arthur. Herbert was born later that year and then Walter and Lavinia. George's widow completed a form for the army in April 1919 listing his surviving relatives. She and her five surviving children (William, George, Arthur, Herbert and Walter) were still living at 32 Merchant Street. Amy also gave the names (illegible) of George's four brothers and four sisters, but was not able to give details of either their ages or addresses.
Enlisted in the army in 1896 and was discharged (time expired) in 1908. In 1911 he was a miner.
09 Aug 1915
694861 - CWGC Website
9th Bn Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regiment)
George Daft was serving in the Militia when he enlisted as a driver in the Army Service Corps on 9 April 1896 on a 12 year short service engagement (3 years with the Colours, 9 years Army Reserve). He was aged 18 years and 3 months. He served in the UK, completing his three years with the Colours on 8 April 1899 but was recalled to army service on 23 October 1899 and posted to South Africa on 1 November. He served in South Africa until 15 September 1902. He returned to England and transferred to the Army Reserve on 18 May 1903. He was discharged from the army on 8 April 1908, time served. He attested at Nottingham on 13th August 1914 aged 37 years and 246 days. He sailed for Gallipoli in early July 1915, arriving at Mudros Bay on August 7th. He was killed in action two days later in an advance on Turkish positions near Hetman Chair. More than 100 9th Bn Sherwood Foresters died in this action during which all the officers were either killed or wounded. George has no known grave and is commemorated on the Helles Memorial, Turkey (Panel 151 to 153).
Amy Daft was awarded a weekly pension of 26 shillings and six pence for herself and their six children with effect from 14 February 1916. The youngest child, Lavinia, died in 1917. Research by Peter Gillings
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