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Private George William Ireson

27973 8th Battalion East Yorkshire Regiment

The kerbstone on his parents' grave
Kerbstone commemorating Pte. George Ireson on his parents' grave - it has lost most
of the lead lettering (2008)
Son of Mr Oak Henry & Mrs Kate E Ireson

Aged 23 years

Died 13th November 1916 (missing)

Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial
Pier & Face 2C.
And in Rushden Cemetery
Grave E.1008

Born and enlisted at Rushden.

From the Burnt Records, Peter Inns & Kay Collins

The eldest of four children of Oak & Kate Ireson, living at 94 Glassbrook Road, George William was examined as fit for the Territorial Force on 13th November 1915 aged 22. He was 5' 8" tall, chest 34" (2" expansion) and of fair physical development. He went to France on 7th September 1916 and at Etaples he was transferred to the 8th Battalion East Yorkshire Regiment. On 13th November 1916 he was posted missing, later deemed to have died that day.

The Rushden Echo Friday 22 December 1916, transcribed by Nicky Bates

Private G W Ireson of the East Yorkshires

We regret to report that Mrs and Mrs O H Ireson, of 94 Glassbrook-road, Rushden, have received official news that their only son, 27972, Pte George William Ireson, of the East Yorks Regiment, has been missing from his regiment since the action of November 13th. The official news is confirmed by a letter from Pte A Ager, of Northampton, one of the missing soldier's comrades.

Pte Ireson enlisted in the country regiment 12 months ago under Lieut L Perkins, but was subsequently transferred to the East Yorks, and was drafted to the Western front about two months ago. Up to the time of enlistment he was employed by Messrs. Robinson Bros, boot manufacturer, Rushden. Pte Ager writes: "I am very sorry to inform you that your son George has been missing since November 13th after an attack in the German line, but I cannot say exactly what has become of him. He may be wounded or he may be a prisoner, as they took a few who were unfortunate to advance too far. Being one his best pals, having come from Northampton with him, I think it my duty to tell you, hoping for the best. He was a good pal and miss him very much, and I offer you my deepest sympathy in your anxiety." Mr and Mrs Ireson will be grateful to any of their son's comrades who can send them further information concerning him that will relived their trepidation of minds.

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