George Shead (MM) (Shed in CWGC)

Name

George Shead (MM) (Shed in CWGC)

Conflict

First World War

Date of Death / Age

21/08/1918
33

Rank, Service Number & Service Details

Private
103444
Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment)
10th Bn.

Awards

Not Yet Researched
Military Medal

Cemetery/Memorial

MONT HUON MILITARY CEMETERY, LE TREPORT
VII. A. 8A.
France

UK Memorials

St Thomas' Mission Hall, Green Tye
St Thomas' Church Memorial, Perry Green
Much Hadham Village Memorial
St Andrew’s Church Memorial, Much Hadham
Stone Bench Plaque, Much Hadham
Congregational Church Memorial, Hadham Cross

Pre War

Born in 1885 in Bishop’s Stortford son of George and Eliza Shead later of Perry Green, Much Hadham, Herts. He was a farm labourer. When he enlisted, he was registered as George Shed and not Shead. He is named as G. Shed on the Much Hadham Memorial, but as G. Shead on the Perry Green Church Roll of Honour.

Wartime Service

Enlisted at Hertford formerly 7282 Bedfordshire Regiment and entered France on 17 Aug 1915. In April 1917, while with the 7th Bedfordshire Regiment, he was awarded the Military Medal in May 1918. George died in 2nd Canadian General Hospital in Le Treport., as a result of being severely gassed during a heavy gas bombardment on 15th August 1918. This was near Proyart, in France. 10th Sherwood Foresters War Diary: 12th August 1918 - Hurried move at 3.15pm, into front line at Proyart. 15th -Heavy enemy gas bombardment started at 12.15am and lasted for 3 hours. "D" Coy all casualties and most of "B" Coy. Total casualties 13 officers and 423 other ranks.

Acknowledgments

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