George Henry Hannath

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Number: 12408                 Unit: 7th Lincolnshire

Rank:  Pte.                        Commemorated:
                                Menin Gate, Ypres, Belgium.

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PERSONAL DETAILS.

Born in Ketsby, George was 19 years old when he died.  He was the Son of Mrs. Harriet Taylor, but lived in Tetford with his Grandmother.  According to a newspaper report of the time, George was a “fine strapping fellow and prior to the war worked for Mr. Morley, farmer, Tetford”.  He had been in France some time and had just enjoyed a few days leave only a month before his death.  Second-Lieut. H.E.Broadbent wrote to George’s grandmother to tell of the sad news only a few days after George was killed.  He would have served with Ernest Brown and Wilfred Gant.

SERVICE DETAILS.

After enlisting at Horncastle, Wilfred found himself drafted into the 7th Battalion of the Lincolnshire Regiment, a Kitchener's Battalion. The Regiment,  formed at Lincoln, was part of the 51st Brigade of the 17th Northern Division.  This division comprised of units from the Midlands, The North of England and Dorset.  Having received orders to move overseas advance parties of the division left Southampton on the 6th July 1915, the remainder of the division beginning its embarkation for France 6 days later.  It concentrated south of St. Omer before being located South West of Ypres on the 19th July.  Instruction in trench warfare soon began, the regiment first moving into the trenches on the 27th July, linking with the territorial battalions of the regiment.  The division finally saw its first action on the 9th August 1915, when the British attacked the village of Hooge on the Ypres-Menin Road.

The official history of the Lincolnshire regiments records the battalion returning to the Ypres front on the 7th February 1916, to a place called the Bluff, an area of high ground won from the enemy in early 1915.  During the 14th - 17th February, George’s battalion was engaged in a series of actions and counter attacks, in which the enemy tried to regain this ground.  George died on the 15th February, loses to the battalion for this period being 1 officer and 20 other ranks killed.

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