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George Cato was born in Dingle, Liverpool in about 1893. His father was also called George and his mother was named Ann Jane. George had an older brother named John and a younger brother named William. The family all lived at 6 Rathbone Street, Liverpool.

On 24th November 1910, when George was 17 years 10 months old he enlisted as a Special Reserve soldier in the 3rd (Reserve) Battalion of the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment.

At his enlistment medical the medical officer described George as standing 5ft 2in tall and weighing 114lbs. He had brown hair, brown eyes and had a prominent scar between his shoulder blades.

He attended the obligatory annual training camps in 1911, 1912 and 1913 and presumably carried on his civilian pre-enlistment trade as a shoemaker.

Shortly after War broke out, on 8th August 1914, George was mobilised and posted into the 1st Battalion.

He sailed to France on the 11th September 1914* to reinforce the rest of the 1st Battalion who had been overseas for the last month.

Forty nine days after his arrival in France, on 29th October 1914, George died of gunshot wounds to his head and back. He died at 10.15hrs at No. 11 General Hospital in Boulogne and was buried at Boulogne Eastern Cemetery.

Photo taken April 2018

Private George Cato was just 23 years old.

His next of kin would receive his 1914 Star and Clasp, British War Medal and Victory Medal. They would also have received a Memorial Plaque and Scroll in recognition of his sacrifice.

Rank: Private
Service No: 1588
Date of Death: 29/10/1914
Age: 23
Regiment/Service: The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, 1st Bn.

*Medal Index Card shows disembarkation date of 15th September 1914.

**There is a note in his service papers regarding a letter being sent to the War Office in April 1915 about an illegitimate child, although no other details have been found.

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