Friday, 20 June 2014

George Padgett 1899 -1918

George Padgett's Commonwealth War Graves Commission stone in Silkstone Churchyard

1899 Silkstone Baptised 6th September 1899 at St. Peter's, Barnsley.

Son of:
Charles Padgett b.1864 Cawthorne d.1954 Silkstone aged 90
1911: Tanyard, Silkstone, Coal Miner Hewer
married 24th February 1890 Silkstone All Saints to
Martha Ann Padgett (nee Newton) b.1869 Silkstone d.1938 Silkstone aged 67

Position in family:
4th of 7 children
1. Emma Matilda b.1890 d.1974
2. Arthur William b.1892 d.1955
3. Samuel b.1895 d.1935 WW1 Service (see notes) 

4. George b.1899 WW1 Died
5. Sabra b.1903 d.1989
6. Florence b.1907 d.1993
7. Charles Walter b.1908 d.1978

Home address, age and occupation:
1901: High Street, Silkstone age 1
1911: Tanyard, Silkstone age 11 Scholar
1918:  age 19 *address on enlistment* Age **  Trade on enlisting (if available)


Military Service:
Enlisted: 22nd April 1918 age 19 years
Regiment and Battalion: 2nd Btn. Durham Light Infantry
Service number and rank: 47334 Private
Awards: Victory Medal and British War Medal

Personal information:  
5 feet 7 inches tall, with a 35 inch chest.

13th December 1918 aged 19
Buried at: Silkstone All Saints
Grave Reference: South-east of Church

Information from Commonwealth War Graves Commission:
Son of Charles and Martha Arm Padgett, of Tanyard, Silkstone

Silkstone War Memorial

Silkstone All Saints, British Legion Memorial Plaque WW1 & WW2 

George was posted to France - Folkestone to Boulogne - on 3rd October 1918, sent back to England 29th November 1918, admitted to hospital on 30th November and transferred to Dykebar Hospital, Paisley on 1st December, where he died from pneumonia on 13th December at 10.35 am.

George's elder brother Samuel also enlisted, in the Reserve Btn. York and Lancaster Regiment (Private 45601) on 11th December 1915, but was not mobilised until 13th May 1918, and discharged 12th February 1919. He was 5 feet 2½ inches tall with 38 inch chest. light brown hair, grey eyes and a good physical development.

In 1901 the family were next-door neighbours to Arthur Beaumont and his family.

With special thanks to late Rosemary Lee of the Roggins Local History Group, and Heritage Silkstone who hold Rosemary's archive of research into the men remembered on Silkstone War Memorial.

Additional research by Pete Schofield

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