Saturday, 21 November 2015

George Galloway 1886-1916 age 30

Barnsley Chronicle 1st July 1916
Thanks to Barnsley Archives
Born: 1886 in Barnsley Q1

Son of: George and Mary Galloway of 245 Racecommon Road Barnsley. George snr (born in Worsbrough about 1846-1915, died age 70) was a coal miner in 1891, becoming a platelayer labourer by 1901. Mary was born in Barnsley about 1849 and died in 1924 at the age of 76 at  11 Crompton  Avenue,  Barnsley. George and Mary had 12 children but only 6 were alive in 1911. The known children are:

  • Mary Ann 1867-1867, died age 8 days
  • James born about 1871
  • Mary Ellen 1873-1873 died age 3 months
  • Charles 1875-1875 died age 3 weeks
  • Lucy 1876
  • Joseph 1878
  • George Henry 1881-1882 died age 6 months
  • Grace 1882
  • George 1886-1916, died age 30 WW1
  • Frank 1889-1956, died age 67.

Military Service: George was a Private in the York and Lancaster Regiment, 14th Battalion, service number 14/149. 

Death: 4th June 1916.

Remembered: George has no known grave and is remembered on the Thiepval Memorial, France on Pier and Face 14A and 14B. 

Commonwealth War Graves Commission link: here  

The Barnsley Independent on 24th June 1916 reported:
Fallen Barnsley Sons
Kingstone Sportsman Killed
The latest casualties for the Borough include the deaths in action of Private George Galloway of 245 Racecommon Road, another member of the 2nd Barnsley Battalion [...] Private Galloway was 30 years of age and single and worked as a glasshand at Messrs. Ryland's works. He was killed on the 4th inst by a shell when entering a German trench, death being instantaneous. Deceased was a well-known sportsman and a few years ago acted as trainer to the Longcar United Football Club, when that club competed in the Barnsley Association's competitions. His parents lived at kingstone Place for fifty years. [...]  

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