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George Wiltshire*
Age: unknown
Rank: Gunner
Regti. No.: 97039
1914-1915 Star Medal Victory Medal British War Medal
Regiment: Royal Horse Artillery and Royal Field Artillery (RFA)
Medals: 1914-1915 Star, Victory, British War

George Wiltshire, born in Bristol, a collier at Oakdale, husband of Polly. Served in the Royal Horse Artillery and Royal Field Artillery (RFA), and arrived in France in October 1915. In early 1918 he was in the 55th Division in the divisional ammunition column, RFA. In March the division was in the front line at Givenchy and Festubert east of Béthune and, facing strong enemy raids, made a courageous stand. Gunner G Wiltshire (97039) was killed in action 28 March 1918, aged 26, and is buried at Roclincourt Military Cemetery, France, a frontline cemetery.  He is also commemorated on the Abertillery War Memorial and on the St Michael's Church War Memorial, Abertillery.

Additional information taken from the Army Registers of Soldiers' Effects, 1901-1929

George's wife Polly received pay of £4 15s and 11d and a gratuity of £16 10s.

*His name does not appear on the Oakdale Memorial.


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