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WW1 Casualty: Private 82384 George Byron -

Private 82384 George Byron

Unit/Regiment 20th Bn., Durham Light Infantry
Date of Death 25/10/1918 Age at Death 19
& Reference
Tyne Cot Memorial
Panel 128 to 131 and 162 and 162A
Census Details 1901 Census -

Living at 7, Squires Place, Prescot, were John Byron, a 36 year old coal miner his wife Mary, 34, and children Annie, 11, Edith, 4, and George, 2.

1911 Census –
The Byron family lived at 3, Victoria Street, Rainhill. John, 48, worked as a Coal Miner at Lea Green Colliery. He had been married to Mary (42), for 15 years. Of their 4 children. two had survived and were living with them; Edith (14) and George (11)
Birth/Marriage/Death Registrations Birth Registered Q2/1899, Prescot, 8b, 728
SDGW – Where Born Prescot
Enlisted St Helens
Resided Rainhill
How Died Killed in Action Theatre of War France & Flanders
Research Ref. No. P037

Service Details

George Byron attested for military service on 28th April 1917 in Warrington, initially being assigned to the Depot battalion of the South Lancashire Regiment for training. At the time he was aged 17 years and 7 months and lived at The Holt, Warrington Road, Rainhill. He noted that he worked as a Miner and that he had previously served for 17 days with the 11th Battalion of the South Lancashire Regiment.

At his medical examination, it was noted that he stood 5 foot 3 inches tall and weighed 116 pounds. He had a 34 1/2 inch chest measurement, expandable by 3 inches. It was recorded that his next of kin was his father was John Byron of the same address. As a result of this examination, he was classed as fur for military service and was assigned to the 52nd (Graduated) Battalion of the Manchester Regiment.

George Byron was transferred to the Durham Light Infantry on 5th April 1918, being posted to the 20th Battalion.

In late December 1918, the records office wrote to his father asking for details of any pay allocation made by Pte George Byron. He replied to say that payments were made to himself at 6, Parrs Cottages, Rainhill, although the amount cannot be discerned from the poor quality records.

The records office then wrote again to his father asking for details of all living relatives in order the Memorial Scroll and Plaque should be correctly delivered. His father replied on 14th October 1919 stating that Private Byron had been single and had no children, that his parents were John and Mary Byron and that the only sibling was Private Byron's sister, 23 year old Edith Birchall, nee Byron, who lived at The Holt, Rainhill.

George Byron's Medal Index Card. He was entitled to the British War Medal and Victory Medal

George Byron's inscription on the Tyne Cot memorial

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