Guardsman George Jesse West, Number 1 Company, 4th Battalion, Grenadier Guards, was killed in action on the 13th April 1918, aged 31. He was killed during the Battle Of Hazebrouck where the line to the east of the Nieppe Forrest was defended against overwhelming German forces. Following the battle Lord Haig praised “The troops engaged in this most gallant stand” and an Australian officer stated “The men of my company and battalion are full of admiration for the way in which the guards fought. The morale effect on our troops by their resistance was excellent”.
He is buried and remembered in Aval Wood Military Cemetery, Vieux-Berquin, France.
Location of Memorial:
He is remembered on the war memorials at St Andrew's Church, Catford.
He was born in Bethnal Green and prior to the war was employed as a shorthand writer at the London Chamber of Commerce. He was the husband of Eva Maud West of 216 Ardgowan Road, Catford. George and Eva were married in 1910 in Greenwich and they had two children, Francis Richard (born 1911) and Daphne Joan (born 1915). After the war Eva Maud West and the two children moved to Braidwood Road where they remained until Eva’s death in 1947.
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