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George Devine was born in Oxford and enlisted in Curragh, Ireland. He was given the number 8600 and posted into the 1st Battalion of the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment.

He embarked for France to join the 1st Battalion in the field on 21st August 1914 and was present and under-fire during the Retreat from Mons.

On 6th December 1914, whilst in billets at Hazebrouck, George was wounded by a bomb dropped from a German aeroplane.  He later succumbed to his wounds which, unusually for a non-commissioned soldier, is reported in the Battalion War Diary.

War Diary. 6th December 1914; Hazebrouck

At about 09:00AM three bombs were dropped from a German aeroplane, hitting a house within C Company’s billets and wounded 9 men and killed 9 men. Pte Devine died of wounds in hospital later – making total casualties 8 men wounded 10 killed. Several civilians were also wounded and eight killed including two children. The Prince of Wales who was visiting the battalion billets that day expressed his sympathy with the Regiment.

The nine other casualties that day were;

4404 Private WILLIAM DURHAM
10932 Private JOHN FOY
4601 Private THOMAS HACKING
10917 Private THOMAS KELLEHER
1730 Private THOMAS McCANN
1373 Private JAMES PARKINSON
4379 Private MATTHEW PARTINGTON
4599 Private HENRY PEMBERTON
3462 Private WILLIAM ROTHWELL*

Rank: Private
Service No: 8600
Date of Death: 06/12/1914 (DOW)
Regiment/Service: The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, 1st Bn.
Cemetery: HAZEBROUCK COMMUNAL CEMETERY

– Unfortunately any further family information or his service papers has not been found.
– Confusion over the spelling of his surname (Divine/Devine) was cleared up in February 1921 when his medals were returned to the War Office for renaming.

* William Rothwell is incorrectly recorded on CWGC website as having died on 16/12/1914. Several entries in his service papers confirm his death was on 06/12 and he was killed in bomb explosion.

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