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George Pemberton was born in 1897 in the parish of St John in Preston to Thomas & Elizabeth Hannah Pemberton (nee Gaskell). The family lived at 1 Clifton street Preston (off Broadgate).  Thomas & Elizabeth were married in 1897 at Preston Register Office.

Family information from Chris Preston: George’s brother (my Grandfather) James was born a year later in 1898. The Pemberton’s are my mother’s side of the family.

On 25th November 1915 George enlisted in the Army Reserve at Preston. Upon enlistment he gave his age as 18 years 5 months and his occupation as being a train reporter with the London and Northwest Railway. The medical officer described George as being 5ft 2in tall, weighing 90lbs and of slender build. George was unmarried, living with his parents had no previous military service.


Permission from his employer to enlist

George wasn’t mobilised until 28th February 1917 and was posted in the 3rd (Reserve) Battalion for training.

Having completed his training with the 3rd Battalion, on 30th May 1917 George set sail for France to join the 10th (Service) Battalion in the field. On 16th June 1917 he was transferred to the 1/5th (Territorial) Battalion but was not a Territorial soldier and was probably transferred to temporarily supplement their numbers.

George was killed in action on 29th July 1917. He was 20 years old.

1/5th Bn. War Diary
WIELTJE: 29th July 1917

B Company took over LIVERPOOL trench. Our artillery heavily bombarded enemy trenches and communications during day and night.

Casualties: 5 other ranks killed. 5 other ranks wounded, including 3 at duty.

The following announcement appeared in the Lancashire Daily Post on 21st August 1917.


As the war diary mentioned, there were five men killed with the 1/5th Battalion that day. One of whom was a Preston man, Private James McGreevy who, like George, had also recently been transferred across from the 10th Battalion.

266065 Private R BARTON
240488 Corporal THOMAS MARTIN
27590 Private JAMES McGREEVY

George was buried in Vlamertinghe New Cemetery VII A plot 5, alongside three of his comrades that died the same day and a forth, Private William Strange (203098) that was killed two days earlier.

Rank: Private
Service No: 36921
Date of Death: 29/07/1917
Age: 20
Regiment/Service: The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, 1st/5th Bn.

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2 Responses to 36921 PTE. G. PEMBERTON. L.N.LAN.R

  1. Yvonne davies says:

    George Pemberton was my uncle.my dad was born 1917 December 19th the same year George was killed.my dad was also called George.

  2. Yvonne Davies (Pemberton) says:

    George Pemberton was my uncle my dads brother he died 1917 and my dad was born 1917 with 8 children in between ;and my grandparents both worked.

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