Oliver George


Mar 28, 1891

Born in Worcestershire, England to Edwin Charles and Jane (nee Walker) George


Nov 25, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion in Kingston, Ontario 

Ø      Number 59359 (temporary number 1099)

Ø      Next of kin given as Mr. Edward George, father, 13 Ross Garden, Brighton, Sussex, England

Ø      Previous occupation given as Labourer

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Church of England

Ø      Assigned to “E” Company

o       This was later reorganized into “C” Company 

The battalion trained in the Kingston area through the winter with headquarters in the Kingston Armouries


May 6, 1915

Embarked the RMS Metagama in Montreal, Quebec


May 15, 1915

Disembarked in Devonport, England and the battalion proceeded to the West Sandling Camp, near Hythe, Kent to continue training


Jul 10, 1915

Sentenced to 14 days detention for refusing to obey an order and insolence to an NCO


Aug 29, 1915

Declared to be AWL (Absent Without Leave)


Sep 9, 1915

Reported for duty from being AWL and sentenced to 28 days detention and forfeiture of 12 day’s pay for his absence 

Transferred to the Depot Company


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St. Seiriol in Folkestone


Sep 15, 1915

Disembarked in Boulogne, France and Private George was sent to the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) to complete his detention sentence while the battalion proceeded to St. Omer


Oct 14, 1915

Rejoined the battalion and posted to “C” Company from the CBD


Feb 14, 1916

Attached to the 11th Labour Battalion for duty


Feb 15, 1916

Attached to the CORCC (Canadian Overseas Railway Construction Corps) for duty


Apr 11, 1916

Admitted to the No. 8 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station) with a diagnosis that reads Appendicitis


Apr 13, 1916

Transferred via No. 5 AT (Ambulance Train) and admitted to the No. 2 Canadian Stationary Hospital, Boulogne


Apr 20, 1916

Ceased to be attached to the CRCC


Apr 26, 1916

Transferred to the No. 1 Convalescent Depot in Boulogne


May 20, 1916

Transferred to the No. 3 Base Depot in Boulogne


May 29, 1916

Left the base depot and joined the 21st Battalion in billets in the A Camp


Sep 15, 1916

As part of the battle of the Somme, the 21st Battalion was given the task of taking a German stronghold in a sugar refinery near Courcelette.  This was the first time the Canadians had used tanks as part of their attack.  Private George was killed during heavy fighting and buried in a nearby field.  When the war ended, the Imperial War Graves Commission exhumed his remains and reburied him in the Courcelette British Cemetery.

Following the war the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal and Memorial Cross were sent to his mother, Mrs. Jane George, 21 Albion Hill, Brighton, Sussex, England.

The Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny) and Scroll were sent to his father, Mr. Ed George, at the same address


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