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George was born in Wolverhampton on 25 August 1895, the son of James and Elizabeth Thickbroom. They were at 46 Ward Street, Wolverhampton in 1901, with George’s brothers William, John and Edward.  In 1911 he was living with his parents at 8 Ward Street, Wolverhampton and was a Glass Beveler at a picture frame works. He married Nellie Grafton in 1912, but they do not appear to have had any children.

He enlisted with the South Staffordshire Regiment on 6 August 1915 at Wolverhampton (first service number 4500, later 214267). On 1 July 1916, received a gun shot wound in his right thigh and a compound fracture in his femur. He was taken as a prisoner of war the following day. After his repatriation he was interviewed on 12th January 1918, a record of this is held in the National Archives, and there is a transcript available of this interview.

He was discharged on 31 January 1918 at Lichfield, when his address was given as 75 Duke Street, Wolverhampton, and his occupation was a labourer. He was discharged as he was no longer physically fit for War service. By this date, the movement in his knee was very limited and he had to walk with crutches. He was issued with the Silver War Badge (number 309119) on 3 February 1918. George died in Wolverhampton in 1944, at the age of 48.

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