GEORGE ROE

Lance Corporal 28670,
9th Battalion West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince Of Wales's Own)

Died 17th January 1917 aged 19

No Known Grave Commemorated Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France

Son of George and Hannah Maria Roe

Lived Hadfield Buildings, Heckmondwike


George was formerly a scholar at Healey Council School and then at St James’.  Before the war he was an Apprentice Tailor with the Co-op. He was attached to White Lee United Methodist Church and Sunday School and he was also associated with the Batley Ambulance Corps.

He was one of nine children, his father George was from Barnsley and worked in the Mills, his mother, Hannah Maria Shires came from Batley. George joined the West Yorkshire Regiment and trained at Blyth and Whitley Bay, whilst he was in the camp he met and befriended a young man called William Roe they were both employed by the Co-op, were both 19, received their call-up at the same time, were made Lance Corporals on the same day, went to France together and were killed on the same day.  George’s brother Arthur also served during war and he survived.

George is remembered on the family grave in Heckmondwike Cemetery which is on the North Wall.
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