George Kirby

Name

George Kirby
1878

Conflict

First World War

Date of Death / Age

29/03/1917
38

Rank, Service Number & Service Details

Private
33806
Bedfordshire Regiment
8th Bn.

Awards

British War and Victory medals

Cemetery/Memorial

MAROC BRITISH CEMETERY, GRENAY
I. P. 30.
France

Headstone

>Not Researched

UK Memorials

Christchurch Memorial, Chorleywood, Memorial Hall Plaque, Chorleywood, Rickmansworth UDC Memorial, Roll of Honour, Wilburton Cambridgeshire

Pre War

George was born in Wilburton, near Haddenham in Cambridgeshire in 1878, the youngest child and only son of James, an agricultural labourer, and Sarah Ann Kirby.


He was brought up in Haddenham but in 1901 was living in Hatch End, Middlesex, working as a gardener and lodging with another gardener and his family. Whilst living there he met Kate Rickett who was a servant at Woodridings in Pinner, but originally from Bucks Hill, Hertfordshire. They married at All Souls, Harlesden and had a son, George, born about 1904. Later they moved to The Stables, Ladywalk, Heronsgate, where George was employed as a domestic coachman to George Carey Foster, the retired eminent professor of physics of University College, London. Another son, Dennis Arthur, was born in 1912. 

Wartime Service

George Kirby was probably was conscripted at the age of 37 and enlisted in the Bedfordshire Regiment at Bedford in the summer of 1916.


The 8th Battalion were engaged in the Battle of the Somme. In March 1917 the Battalion were in the trenches from 9-13th and from 20-16th. They suffered heavy mortar artillery fire by day and machine gun fire by night. No casualties were reported on the 29th March so it is possible that George died from wounds from earlier action. 

Additional Information

The inscription on his gravestone reads "PEACE PERFECT PEACE". His soldier’s effects, totalling £5 3s 8d, were left to his widow, Kate. Probate records show that he also left a sum of £124 to his widow, Kate Kirby.

Acknowledgments

Pat Hamilton
Malcolm Lennox