George Harry Elcock was born in 1890, the son of George and Fanny Elcock. In 1902, the family were living at 52 Alma Street, along with George’s three brothers (John, Joseph and Rowland – the latter being the only Wolverhampton man to win the Victoria Cross during the First World War) and two sisters (Florence and Sarah).
George enlisted in the Royal Warwickshire Regiment (number 306378) and became a Lance Serjeant. He was awarded the Military Medal “for bravery in the field”, which was announced in the London Gazette on 25 May 1917. As a result, he was among a group of local Wolverhampton men who were invited to a presentation of medals at Wolverhampton’s Empire Palace in Queen Square on 7 April 1918. This was arranged by the Wolverhampton Patriotic Committee. The men to be honoured were:
- Sergeant H. A. Clarke, D. C. M.
- Sergeant J. E. Wilson, D. C. M.
- Lance-sergeant G. H. Elcock, M. M.
- Acting-Sergeant H. Wright, M. M.
- Corporal Walsh, M. M.
- Private F. Foundling, M. M.
- Private J. Brough, M. M.
I will endeavour to feature the other men on this blog too, although some of them (notably Clarke, Wilson, Wright and Walsh) have more common names and are more tricky to track down, so if anybody can flesh out the details for these men, I would greatly appreciate it!