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Basford, Nottingham
George was the son of Samuel Allwood and his second wife Elizabeth (née Farnsworth). His father Samuel was born in Basford in about 1844. He married first Mary Slack (b. France) at Basford St Leodegarius on 25 December 1865 and they had at least four children: Walter Richard b. 1866, William b. 1868, Elizabeth birth reg. 1871 (J/F/M) and Samuel b. 1874. In 1871 Samuel and Mary were living on Rawson Street, Basford, with their three children, Walter, William and Elizabeth. Samuel was born three years later. Mary died in 1877 (reg. J/F/M) and Samuel married Elizabeth Farnsworth (b. Ilkeston) at Basford St Leodegarius on 7 March 1880. Samuel and Elizabeth had at least four children: Ernest b. 1883, Mabel b,. 1884, Mary Edith (Edith) b. 1892 and George b. 1895 (reg. A/M/J). In 1881, the year after their marriage, Samuel, a lace maker, and Elizabeth were living on Mosley Street, Basford, with his four children, Walter, a card lacer, William, Elizabeth and Samuel. By 1891 they had moved to Shipstone Street, Basford. In the home on the night of the census were four of the six children from Samuel's two marriages: William, a lace dyer, Samuel, Ernest (8) and Mabel (6). Mary Edith was born the following year and George in 1895. Walter had married Sarah Susannah Milnes (b. South Collingham, Notts) at Basford Register Office in 1889 and in 1891 they were living on Gladstone Street, Radford. Walter died in 1893 (J/F/M) and their son Walter Richard W. was born some months later (reg. J/A/S Newark, bap. North Collingham All Saints August 1893). His widow Sarah married Wiliam H Sharpe in 1897. Walter jnr. served in the Army Service Corps (corporal) in the war and was in France at the time of George's death in 1917. Walter jnr. married Annie Adams by licence on 3 October 1918 (NEP 3 October 1918). Elizabeth had married Charles Fryer (b. America) at Hyson Green St Paul in 1890 and in 1891 they were living in Shirland, Derbyshire. Samuel's wife Elizabeth died in 1895 (reg. J/F/M), the year of George's birth. In 1901 the widowed Samuel was living on Collison Terrace, Scotholme Street, Nottingham, with his daughter Mabel, a cigar maker (John Player & Sons). Her siblings, Mary Edith (8) and George (6), were living at Knighton Street, Leicester, with their married half-sister, Elizabeth Fryer, and her husband Charles, a photographer's agent. It is probable that Ernest had also been living with Elizabeth and Charles as there is a record of the registration in Leicester of the death of an Ernest Allwood who died aged 16 in 1899. Samuel snr. died in 1909. Elizabeth Fryer and her husband Charles, a photographer, had returned to Nottingham by 1911 and were living at 53 Brushfield Street, Hyson Green, Nottingham, with her three half-siblings: Mabel who was still working at John Player's, Mary a cardboard box maker and George who worked in a woodyard; both were employed at John Player's. The family was living at 73 Gregory Boulevard, Nottingham, when confirmation of George's death was received in July 1917. However, they had moved to 24 Belper Road, Nottingham, by December 1917 when the army was arranging the return of George's personal property to Elizabeth Fryer, his next of kin. In May 1919 Elizabeth completed a form for the army listing George's surviving blood relatives: Brother half-blood: Samuel Allwood (45) Rye Street. Sisters full-blood: Mabel (34) and Edith (27) both of 24 Belper Road, Nottingham Sister half-blood: Elizabeth Fryer (48) 24 Belper Road, Nottingham His half-brother Walter had died in 1893. His other half-brother William has not yet been traced after the 1891 Census. His sisters Mabel and Mary Edith were living on Wordsworth Road, Nottingham, in 1939 when the England & Wales Register was compiled; both were still working at John Player's. They continued to live at the same address until their deaths, Mabel in 1962 and Mary Edith in 1974.
In 1911 he worked for John Player & Sons at the tobacco factory's woodyard.
29 Apr 1917
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73 Gregory Boulevard, Nottingham. Enlisted Nottingham.
Lance Corporal
1/5th Bn Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regiment)
1/5th Bn Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regiment) George Allwood enlisted at Nottingham in the 7th Battalion Sherwood Foresters on 29th September 1914 at Nottingham; he was 19 years 8 months old. He transferred battalions several times until being posted to the 1/5th Bn on 27 August 1916. George served in France from 25 February 1915 but on 17 September suffered with otitis media (middle ear infection) and was treated at No. 17 Casualty Clearing Station, and subsequently admitted to No. 16 General Hospital, Boulogne, on 19 September. He was transferred to a hospital ship for England on 25 September 1915. George then served at home until 12 August 1916, on 13 August embarking Folkestone, disembarking at Boulogne the same day. He transferred to the 1/5th Bn on 27 August. He was awarded a Good Conduct Badge on 23 December 1916 and appointed unpaid lance corporal on 21 April 1917. George was killed in action on 29 April 1917 while serving in the trenches at Hervilly, France. Initially reported missing, George's family received confirmation in July 1917 of his death on that date. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Arras Memorial, France (Bay 7). George served for 2 years and 213 days including a total of 471 days in France. He qualified for the 1914/15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.
Nottingham Evening Post 23 July 1917: 'Allwood. – Killed in action, April 29th, Lance-Corpl. George Allwood, Sherwood Foresters, aged 22. A brave young life laid down. – From his loving nephew Walter (in France), Sarah, Eva, and Annie.' Note: Probably Walter Richard W. Allwood (b. 1893), son of Walter Richard (d. 1893) and Sarah Allwood (later Sharpe). Above notice courtesy of Jim Grundy and his facebook pages Small Town Great War Hucknall 1914-1918 Nottingham Evening Post, Roll of Honour, 24 & 25 July 1917: 'Fryer. Killed in action April 29th (Official) Lance Corporal George Fryer Sherwood Foresters late 73 Gregory Boulevard aged 22. Until the day breaks. - From his broken hearted mother, father, sisters Mabel and Edith.' NOTE: George's mother died in 1895 and his father in 1909. The 'mother and father' in the above notice were his half-sister Elizabeth and her husband Charles Fryer, who appear to have cared for George and his older sister Mary Edith from early childhood.
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