George Pickering

George Pickering

George Pickering


290091, Private, George William Pickering, 1/7th Battalion, Cheshire Regiment, former number 1388.

Born in 1895 at Hurdsfield, Macclesfield, son of George and Eliza, (nee, Morgan), Pickering of 77, Arbourhay Street Macclesfield. George was educated at Daybrook Street School. George was the third child of five, his siblings were John Henry, Eliza Ann, Emily and Anson. Prior to Enlisting, he was employed as a fireman on the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway, he lived in lodgings at Newton Heath.

George attested at Macclesfield, and was posted to France 4 May 1915; from here he was drafted to the Egyptian theatre of war, where he was engaged in the battle at Gaza on 26 March 1917. He was originally posted as wounded and missing, probably a prisoner of war. George was finally recorded as died Wednesday 31 October 1917, aged 21 years.

Medals: 1914 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.

Private, George William Pickering is buried at Bagdad (North Gate) War Cemetery Iraq
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Also refer to

  • Macclesfield Troops pre WWI
  • Photos from Macclesfield archive Bollington WW1
  • ‘Big Hats, Shorts and Dyb Dyb Dyb’ – a history of Macclesfield and Congleton Scouts by Norman Gosling
  • WWI List of Addresses Trevor Druce Macclesfield Reflects
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