George Alfred Thake

Name

George Alfred Thake

Conflict

First World War

Date of Death / Age

18/09/1914
32

Rank, Service Number & Service Details

Sergeant
621
Military Police Corps
Military Mounted Police

Awards

Not Yet Researched

Cemetery/Memorial

LA FERTE-SOUS-JOUARRE MEMORIAL
France

UK Memorials

Much Hadham Village Memorial
St Andrew’s Church Memorial, Much Hadham
Stone Bench Plaque, Much Hadham
Congregational Church Memorial, Hadham Cross

Pre War

Born on 16 Apr 1882 and christened on 11 Jun 1882 in Much Hadham, Hertfordshire son of George and Betsy (Elizabeth) Thake. He was living as a Trooper in the Cavalry Barracks at Windsor in 1901 and then in Pirbright Camp, Worthing working as a military policeman in 1911. He married Evelyn Nellie Collier in 1914 in Elham, Kent and was a hay binder. He had no children. Enlisted at Bishop’s Stortford on 2 Nov 1900 formerly Trooper, Life Guards, entered France on 22 Aug 1914 and was killed in action.

Wartime Service

In 1914, during the retreat from Mons, the Military Police were busy trying to help reunite those soldiers who had got separated from their units. This happened for many reasons including, confusion from battle, exhaustion or just 'absent without leave'.

Acknowledgments

Malcolm Lennox, “Lest We Forget – Much Hadham 1914-18” by Richard Maddams (Much Hadham Forge Museum)