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  • Commonwealth War Graves Commission headstone, marking the grave at Caterpillar valley cemetery, Longueval, Somme, France. Courtesy of Murray
Person Details
Nottingham
George Ernest Arthur Manlove Higgs was born in 1899, his birth is registered in the Basford Registration District. He was the grandson of Elizabeth Manlove, 3, Hawkridge-street, Nottingham.
Attended Mundella School, Meadows, Nottingham. Member of No 2 (Nottingham) Coy. The Boys' Brigade (Dakeyne Street Boys' Club) in which he was a corporal
09 Sep 1916
17
553238 - CWGC Website
R/12600
Lance Corporal
2nd Bn King's Royal Rifle Corps
Seventeen year-old Lance Corporal George Ernest Manlove Higgs, enlisted on 5th May 1915 at Nottingham, giving his age (falsely) as 19 yrs and 7 months, his address was 3 Hawkridg Street, Robin Hood Street, Nottingham, his next of kin was his grandmother Elizabeth Manlove of the same address.He joined his regiment the King's Royal Rifle Corps at Winchester barracks on 9th May 1915. He embarked for France on 31st December 1915 landing the following day, He was posted to the 2nd battalion King's Royal Rifle Corps on 8th February 1916 and promoted to Lance Corporal on 5th July 1916. He was killed in action on 9th September 1916 and is buried in Caterpillar Valley Cemetery, Longueval (grave ref XI.H.19) One of four boys who enlisted directly from Mundella school; all killed. (Mundella Magazine, Christmas 1918). Slightly wounded September 1917 and admitted to a field hospital; killed in action the day he returned to his unit.
Mundella Magazine, Xmas 1916, 'Our Fallen': Thus writes a friend: ‘This war has produced many heroes. Some in the excitement of a few minutes of a ‘crowded life’ have done deeds of valour; others, coolly calculating the cost, have, in the full knowledge of the consequences, nobly played their part. George Higgs was of the latter company, for as a pupil in the fifth form he offered his services to his country. Although extremely young, his build was that of a lad beyond his years, and his training already recognised, for he had won his corporal’s stripes in the No 2 (Nottm) Coy. The Boys Brigade. He devoted himself whole-heartedly to his new life and soon gained his first stripe, as member of the Lewis Gun Section. A slight wound had necessitated a temporary withdrawal to the Field Hospital, but on the day he returned to his battalion, he made the supreme sacrifice. Even in his last message home, there was a reference to his old school, with which he had kept in touch from his enlistment. Others may add lustre to the school’s honour, but none will do more to build up the school’s tradition.’ Death notice published 30th September 1916 in the Nottingham Evening Post :- “HIGGS. – Killed in action, September 9th, 1916, Lance-Corporal George Manlove Higgs, 17 years, King's Royal Rifles, dearly beloved grandson of Mrs. Manlove, 3, Hawkridge-street.” Above is courtesy of Jim Grundy and his facebook pages Small Town Great War Hucknall 1914-1918. George's medals were sent to his uncle Clarence Manlove of 'East Leigh' Buckingham Road, Woodthorpe, Nottingham following his death.
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  • Commonwealth War Graves Commission headstone, marking the grave at Caterpillar valley cemetery, Longueval, Somme, France. Courtesy of Murray
    George Manlove Higgs - Commonwealth War Graves Commission headstone, marking the grave at Caterpillar valley cemetery, Longueval, Somme, France. Courtesy of Murray
  • Photograph was published on 30th September 1916 In the Nottingham Evening Post and is courtesy of Jim Grundy and his facebook pages Small Town Great War Hucknall 1914-1918
    George Ernest Manlove Higgs - Photograph was published on 30th September 1916 In the Nottingham Evening Post and is courtesy of Jim Grundy and his facebook pages Small Town Great War Hucknall 1914-1918