Friday, 20 June 2014

George Bostwick 1890-1917

George Bostwick's Medal Index Card (image from Ancestry)
1890 Manchester

Son of:
Walter Bostwick b.1857 Manchester d.14 February 1918 age 61
1911: Beer Retailer (Publican) 24 Tempest Street, Ardwick, Manchester
married to Emily Bostwick (nee Dyson) b.1858 Silkstone d.13 Aug 1913 age 56

Position in family: The third of six children
1. Ada b.1886
2. Thomas b.1888

3. George b.1890 WW1 Killed
4. Bertha b.1892
5. May b.1894
6. Walter b.1897 WW1 Service 7292 Private Manchester Rgt. City Btn.

Home address, age and occupation:
1901: 28 Queen Street, Ardwick, Manchester, age 11
1911: 24 Tempest Street, Ardwick, Manchester, age 21, Barman


Military Service:
Regiment and Battalion: Manchester Regiment 'D' Coy. 17th Btn. attd. 2nd Tunnelling Coy. Royal Engineers
Service number and rank: 26465 Private
Awards: Victory Medal, British War Medal

Death:  30 June 1917 age 27
Buried at: Ramparts Cemetery, Belgium
Grave Reference: J.7.

Information from Commonwealth War Graves Commission:
Son of the late Walter and Emily Bostwick, of Manchester.

George is not remembered on any War Memorial, but the following inscription was recorded by George R.K. Birkhead who surveyed the churchyard at Silkstone All Saints. Unfortunately a clearance of headstones in that section of the churchyard by the Urban District Council means the memorial no longer exists:

"In Memory of Lily the wife of Walter died 13th August 1913 aged 56 years. Walter Bostwick died 14th February 1918 aged 61 years. Also George their son died killed in action in Belgium June  30 1917 aged 27 years."

Brother Walter enlisted 14th December 1914, giving his age as 19, although he was only 17.  Rising to rank of Sergeant, After having his left arm amputated from gunshot wounds, he was eventually invalided out on 31st May 1919, He applied for and was granted, the 1914-15 Star although this does not appear on his Medal Record. His wife Lily, notified the Ministry of Pensions that he had died on 16th February 1925.

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