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George Hidens was born in Wolverhampton in 1892, the son of Joseph and Elizabeth Hidens (nee Smith). In 1901 they were living at 15 Gibbs Street, Whitmore Reans, together with George’s brothers Joseph and Frederick and sister Esther. They were at the same address in 1911, and were joined by George’s sister Florence. By this date, George had become a canal boat builder like his father.

George first enlisted in the army on 27 August 1908 at the age of 17, serving four years with the 3rd North Midland Ambulance Regiment (number 320). When war broke out he reenlisted with the Royal Army Medical Corps (number 421010), attaining the rank of Staff Sergeant. He died on the 24 April 1917, and is buried at the Canadian Cemetery No.2, Neuville-St. Vaast, France. He also appears on the RAMC memorial in St Peter’s Church, as well as on the memorial of Queen Street Congregational Church.