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  • Commonwealth War Graves Commission headstone marking George's grave at Medingham Military Cemetery, Belgium. Courtesy of Murray Biddle
Person Details
Rolleston, Nottinghamshire
George Ernest Bryan was born in 1889 at Rolleston and was the son of Charles a plate layer and Mary Bryan née Birch of Rolleston His father Charles was born in 1857 at Loddington, Leicestershire and his mother Mary Hannah Birch was born in 1858 at Upton. Tthey were married in 1879; the marriage was recorded in the Southwell Registration District. They went on to have 11 children, sadly 3 were to die in infancy or early childhood. Their children were: Lionel Birch b1880 Tugsby, Leicestershire, and Ethel Kate b1885, George Ernest b1889, Herbert b1890, Charles Henry b1895, Margaret Amelia b1896 and Elsie Mary b1899 who were all born at Rolleston In the 1911 census the family are living in the village of Rolleston and are shown as Charles 54 yrs a plate layer, he is living with his wife Mary Hannah 53 yrs and their children, Herbert 21 yrs a cowman on a farm, Margaret 15 yrs a trainee dress maker and Elsie Mary 12 yrs a scholar. In the 1911 census George Ernest is shown as being 22 yrs and a brewery carter is living with his married sister Ethel Kate Sharp 25 yrs and her husband John Frederick Sharp 24 yrs an iron moulder and their son Dennis William Sharp 2 yrs at 12 Albert Street, Newark. George married his wife Emily Franks in 1913; their marriage was recorded in the Southwell Registration District. They went on to have a son Jack born in 1917 at Newark. Following George's death his widow Emily married Harry Tyers in 1919 and they lived at Havelands Farm, East Hardwick, Pontefract.
He was a brewery carter
18 Apr 1918
29
437051 - CWGC Website
49779
Private
2nd Bn Lincolnshire Regiment
Private George Ernest Bryan initially enlisted at Newark on 1st November 1911 in the Territorial Force; he was 22 yrs and 9 months old. He was a carter and lived at 12 Albert Street, Newark. He served with the 8th battalion Sherwood Foresters, underwent initial training and attended two annual camps in 1912/1913 with the battalion. Following the outbreak of war he was embodied on 5th August 1914. However, within a month it was discovered that he was medically unfit for war service and was discharged from the Army on 18th September 1914. Nevertheless, it would appear that he either successfully enlisted again or was called up as he subsequently served with the 2nd battalion Lincolnshire Regiment. He died of wounds on 18th April 1918 and was buried in Mendinghem Military Cemetery, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium (grave ref. X.A.23, double burial).
His brother Private Charles Henry Bryan enlisted at Newark whilst residing at Rolleston. He served with the 1/8th battalion Sherwood Foresters Regiment and died of wounds on 15th March 1917. He is buried at Foncquevillers Military Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France. Article published 11th May 1918 in the Newark Herald ;- Second son of Charles & Mary Bryan of Rolleston. Resided with wife, Emily, at 9 Albert Street, Newark. As a boy, employed on farm work at Rolleston and prior to his being called up was assistant drayman and motorist at Messrs. James Hole & Co. He was in 8th Sherwood Foresters when war broke out, but discharged on medical grounds. Called-up again on Oct. 8th, 1917 to the Lincolns. Had only been at the front two months when fatally wounded on April 16th. One brother serving in France and another killed
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  • Commonwealth War Graves Commission headstone marking George's grave at Medingham Military Cemetery, Belgium. Courtesy of Murray Biddle
    George Ernest Bryan - Commonwealth War Graves Commission headstone marking George's grave at Medingham Military Cemetery, Belgium. Courtesy of Murray Biddle