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rochellThe son of Richard Rochell and Caroline Powell, George was born in Wolverhampton in 1877. He was one of at least 13 children, the others being Eliza Ann, Mary Ann, Harriet, Elizabeth, Fanny, Caroline, Lucy Jane, Annie, William, Alfred, Richard and Thomas Henry. He was living with his parents and siblings at the following addresses:

  • 43 Chapel Street, Wolverhampton in 1881
  • 20 New Street, Bilston in 1891

George married Mary Jane Terry in 1902, and they had at least two children – Alfred and May. George’s parents and some siblings are living at 236 Coleman Street, Wolverhampton, in 1901, and have moved to 36 Bradley Street, Uttoxeter by 1911. However, I have not been able to find him on either census.

George worked as a driller at the Stafford Road Works, as well as serving in the Boer War. He re-enlisted with the 2nd Battalion of the South Staffordshire Regiment on 10 August 1914 (service number 9749). From 26 January 1915 he served in France, but was killed in action on 18 May the same year. He is commemorated on the Le Touret Memorial in France. The Express & Star article (dated 7 June 1915) noting his death gives his widow’s address as 90 Bismarck Road, Wolverhampton.