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George Huddleston was born in Cartmel in 1879 the son of Joseph and Sarah Huddleston (nee Stamp). George`s parents were both from Lincolnshire and they married on the 17th June 1875 in the village of Kirton-in-Lindsey in the north of the County. George had three brothers and one sister, his eldest brother William (1873) was born in Lincolnshire and not long afterwards the family moved to the village of Cartmel near Grange over Sands. George and his three other siblings were all born in Cartmel; Sarah Elizabeth (1875), Charles (1877) and Joseph (1881).

By 1891 George`s father had passed away and George, his mother Sarah and his two of his brothers, Charles and Joseph were living at Barngarth in Cartmel. Sarah was having to work as a charwoman to support her young family while her 14 year old son Charles was a domestic gardener. George and his younger brother Joseph were both attending school.

In the December quarter of 1899 George married Elizabeth Cairns, a young lady from Dalton, the marriage being registered in the district of Ulverston. After their marriage the couple set up home on Main Road next door to the Fisherman`s Arms in Bolton le Sands and George was now working as a coachman (domestic). George and Elizabeth had two daughters, Nora was born in 1907 ad Daisy in 1910. By 1911 George, who was still a coachman, had moved his family into Ivy Bank Cottage in Bolton le Sands.

According to later information George enlisted into the Army at some point during 1915 and joined the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment. It would appear that he may have been posted to the 42nd Provisional Battalion that was formed in June 1915 and which on the 1st January 1917 became the 14th (Home) Battalion. The 14th Battalion, as the title suggests did not serve abroad and George did not serve overseas.

Sadly, George Huddleston died on the 29th August 1917 as a result of an accident, a newspaper later reporting on his inquest;

Birmingham Daily Post – 1st September 1917

“An inquest was held yesterday at the Victoria Courts by the Birmingham City Coroner (Mr. I. Bradley), on the body of George Huddleston (38), of Low End, Bolton le Sands, Lancashire, a Private in the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment.

Deceased enlisted in 1915 and on June 21st last, was transferred from the North Lancashire Regiment to the Warwickshire Regiment, and sent on the 27th of the following month, to Joseph William Bewlay of Doddington, to do farm work. On Tuesday he was sent with a mare to be shod at Hampton-in-Arden. On nearing the station the animal was startled by a garden seat on the roadside, and rearing, one of its front hoofs, caught Huddleston`s head as it came down, knocking him onto the roadway. He was removed to the 1st Southern General Hospital at Bournbrook, and died there on the following day. A Verdict of Accidental death was returned”.

Although the news article states that George was transferred to the Warwickshire Regiment a couple of months prior to his death, there is no information to confirm this. The CWGC record states he was 14th Battalion LNL and his name is also recorded in the `Soldiers Died in the Great War` record for the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment.

George`s body was later returned to his home village of Bolton le Sands and he was buried in Bolton le Sands (Holy Trinity) Churchyard. Sadly, his wife Elizabeth died just two years after George on the 12th November 1919 and she was buried with George, both names appearing on the headstone.

Bolton le Sands, Holy Trinity Churchyard

Bolton le Sands, Holy Trinity Churchyard

Rank: Private
Service No: 290728
Date of Death: 29/08/1917
Regiment/Service: The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, 14th Bn.

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One Response to 290728 PTE. G. HUDDLESTON. L.N.LAN.R.

  1. Nick Huddleston says:

    Amazing story, I am related to George Huddleston,


    Nick Huddleston

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