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George Charnock enlisted in the 4th (Territorial) Battalion, Loyal North Lancashire Regiment on 7th September 1914. He was given the service number 2082, later 200510.

At the time of his enlistment, George was 19 years 8 months old and lived with his grandmother, Mary Ann Parkinson at 94 Spendmore Lane, Coppull, Chorley.

On 21st April 1915 he was appointed Lance Corporal, being promoted to Corporal on 14th March 1916.

George was a qualified Lewis Gunner

George Charnock was a qualified Lewis Gunner


On 1st February 1917 he landed in France with the 2/4th Battalion.

On 3rd March 1917, George was promoted to Lance Serjeant, being further promoted to Serjeant on 12th June 1917.

On 14th August 1917 George was wounded as having been gassed (first time).

On 11th May 1918, George suffered from a mustard gas attack, delivered by shell. His face and body being burnt. He was transited through the 3rd Casualty Clearing Station before being evacuated to the UK on the Hospital Ship ‘St David’. The gas had caused a sarcoma of his femur – his thigh being swollen three times its size.

George spent most of June and July in the Kings Lancashire Convelesent Hospital in Blackpool before being discharged to the Command Depot. George arrived at Heaton Park on 30th July 1918 and was posted into ‘J’ Company.

Between 17th – 22nd September 1918, George went absent without leave. He was demoted in rank, back down to Corporal.

George was discharged on 22nd April 1919 and issued Silver War Badge B280003. He died two days later.

George Charnock is buried in the Coppull Parish Churchyard.

Rank: Corporal
Service No: 200510
Date of Death: 24/04/1919
Regiment/Service: The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, 2nd/4th Bn.

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