George Lancaster Cutts

Name

George Lancaster Cutts

Conflict

First World War

Date of Death / Age

22/03/1918
38

Rank, Service Number & Service Details

Private
27517
Bedfordshire Regiment
7th Bn.

Awards

British War and Victory medals

Cemetery/Memorial

POZIERES MEMORIAL
Panel 28 and 29
France

UK Memorials

Hoddesdon War Memorial
St Catherine and St Paul’s Church Memorial, Hoddesdon
St Cuthbert's Rye Park Church Memorial, Rye Park
Not on the Stanstead Abbotts memorials

Pre War

Born in 1880, in High Street, Stanstead Abbotts, to parents George Lancaster and Mary Ann (nee Woodhouse), he had four brothers and three sisters. In 1891 they were living in the High Street in Stanstead Abbotts and his father was a malt maker but by 1901 they had moved to Adelaide Cottages in Hoddesdon. Here his father’s occupation was recorded as a gravel pit labourer as was George himself. Later they lived in 38 Rye Road, Hoddesdon.

Enlisted in Bedford.

Wartime Service

George joined the 7th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regt, who in March 1918 took part in the Battle of the Somme 1918, or the German Spring Offensive, Operation Michael. On 21st March the enemy began their major offensive and the following day attacked the position of the Bedford’s, who were guarding La Montagne Bridge, a crossing over the Crozat Canal. Heavy machine gun and artillery fire caused C company to retreat but a counter attack by them and 2 companies from the Northants Regt. retook the bridge, during this action, past of the Battle of St Quentin George was killed.

Acknowledgments

Malcolm Lennox, Terry & Glenis Collins