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George Henry Illidge was born in Wolverhampton in 1879, the son of Noah and Amy J. Illidge. In 1881 they were living at 77 Pountney Street, together with George’s sister, Sarah. By 1891 they were at 20 Mary Ann Street, and George had a further four siblings – Noah R., William A., Mary and Amy. The 21-year-old George was still living with his parents in 1901, at 15 Victoria Place, Coleman Street, along with siblings Noah, William, Harriet, Amy, Arthur, Alice and May, and was working as a brasswork lock finisher.

George enlisted in Birmingham as a Gunner with the Royal Garrison Artillery (number 152259), but unfortunately he died of his wounds on 8 July 1918.