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A “G. Reaney” appears on the roll of honour of the Weldless Steel Tube Company, with a gold cross next to his name, indicating that he died during the War. George Reaney was born in Wolverhampton in 1885. By 1901 he was an apprentice boat builder and was living at the back of 21 Chapel Street, Wolverhampton, with his Stepfather James Spence, his mother Ann Spence, and stepsisters Mary and Sarah. George married Beatrice Aston in 1909, and by 1911 they were living at 28 East Street, Wolverhampton, together with their one-year-old son, George Harold. By this date George’s occupation was given as “Carter (Army pensioner)”, so it is unclear at what point he worked for the Weldless Steel Tube Company. The couple went on to have a further two sons, Albert E. and Robert W., in 1911 and 1914.

George enlisted with the 2nd Battalion of the Royal Welsh Fusiliers (number 8423). He first served in the war on 22 August 1914. He was killed in action on 25 September 1915 and is buried at the Cambrin Church Extension in France.

 

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