Rifleman C/4610 ARTHUR SYDNEY GEORGE of ‘D’ Company, 2nd battalion King's Royal Rifle Corps, was captured on 10th July 1917 at Nieuwpoort, Belgium during what was later called ‘The Battle of the Dunes.’ He died on 14th December 1918, aged 21, while a prisoner of war.
Although he was held in Lechfeld PoW Camp prisoners were sent to work in the nearby villages. This was acceptable providing it was not work that would assist the German war effort. Arthur George died while at his employer’s house at 18, Steinbach in the village of Stotten in Bavaria.
He is buried in Niederzwehren Cemetery near Kassel in Germany.
Location of Memorial:
He is remembered on the memorial at the church of St James, Hatcham.
Arthur was born at 34 Trundleys Road, Deptford on 14th January 1897 to William and Lizzie George.
On the 1911 census it is noted that he was employed in a candle makers alongside his father and siblings. When he enlisted in the army he gave his occupation as labourer.
His brother, Frederick Henry George, served with the Army Service Corps (Mechanical Transport) and survived the First World War, dying in 1955 while living at 103 Trundleys Road, Deptford.
The George family continued to live at 34 Trundleys Road, Deptford from around 1898 until it was severely damaged during an air raid in the Second World War.
Prisoners of the First World War records, International Committee of the Red Cross Archives
Contributed By: Andy Pepper
Martin George (Great Nephew)
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