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George William Ainsworth commissioned into the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment on 22nd January 1915. He sailed for France with the 10th (Service) Battalion on 31st July 1915.

On 13th January 1916 the war diary reports that he was evacuated from the trenches as being sick.

George was later transferred to the 1st Battalion, and was awarded the Military Cross and Bar; and Cross de Guerre.

Awarded Military Cross  

Capt. George William Ainsworth, 1st Bn, N. Lan. R.

For conspicuous gallantry and initiative at Sequehart on the 2nd/3rd October, 1918, in command .of the leading company. Despite heavy machine-gun fire on both flanks, he succeeded in carrying out his task until the advance was held up, when he consolidated his position, forming a defensive; flank. Next
day he again maintained touch as the attack proceeded, and in a hostile counter-attack near Sequehart he personally took one officer and 21 other ranks prisoners.

Awarded a Bar to the Military Cross.

Capt. George William Ainsworth, M.C. 1st Bn., N. Lan. R.

For conspicuous gallantry and able leadership during the forcing of the Sambre-Oise Canal on 4th November, 1918, and subsequently he organised and led attacks on strong points, and having dealt with them, moved his company forward under heavy fire to the objective.

George William Ainsworth was placed on the retired officers list in 1921 and retained the rank of Captain.


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7 Responses to Captain George William Ainsworth

  1. […] Captain G. W. Ainsworth left for PAS, to go through a course in Administration Staff work on the 24th (September). […]

  2. Richard Ainsworth says:

    G w Ainsworth was my Grt Granfather I own his dress sword and his medals > It is nice to see him remembered .Thankyou

    • Hilary Harbour says:

      Hi Richard
      Exciting to find your posting as I am just completing a family history book and this Ainsworth family is part of it. It is great to have a hero! Would love to hear from you. Hilary

  3. […] and impassable. The enemy showed unusual inactivity and were possibly also carrying out a relief. Captain George William Ainsworth evacuated as […]

  4. Baudouin COCU says:

    l’acte héroique et la mémoire du capitaine AISWORTH sera évoqué le 6 octobre 2018 lors de la commémoration de la libération de SEQUEHART. Ces cérémonies débuterons à 16hoo. Fleurissement du monument aux morts et des deux cimetières Britanniques de la commune. Ainsi que d’autres évocations qui se terminerons en soirée.

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