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George Cropper was born in 1879.

George enlisted for four years service in the Territorial Force, at Bolton on 31st August 1915. He was married to Amy Cropper and they had three children. They lived at 17 Chapel Street, Hindley, Wigan.

At his enlistment medical he was described as being 36 years old, 5ft 4in tall, with a 37in chest and of good physical development.

George was posted into the 1/12th Battalion (Pioneers), Loyal North Lancashire Regiment and given the service number 6685. He had no previous military experience.


A few months after joining, on 8th November 1915, George was fined a days pay for overstaying his leave from 07:15hrs till 18:00hrs.

George was in ‘A’ Company 1/12th Battalion, he sailed for France on 22nd June 1916. He was here until the Battalion were moved to Salonika on 14th January 1917, onto Egypt 20th June 1917, and finally back to France on 30th April 1918.

On 4th January 1916, George was caught smoking on parade, he was punished by being confined to barracks for four days.

In 1917 he received the new style Army number, 265388.

On 20th September 1918, George was fined seven days pay; he had overstayed his leave to the UK by two days. Earlier that year, his wife had had their fourth child which may explain his reluctance to return to the field.

On 16th December 1918 he was posted back to the Regimental Depot, Fulwood barracks in Preston. On 14th January 1919 he was discharged under Kings Regulations 392xvir due to a Valvular Disease of the Heart, causing 20% disability. He was issued Silver War Badge number 04860.

At the time of his demobilization, George was 39 years old and had served in the Army for 3 years, 138 days. He was awarded the British War Medal, and Victory Medal.

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