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George was born in Wolverhampton in 1892, the son of Thomas and Caroline Stocking. In both 1901 and 1911 he was living with his parents at 58 Gordon Street, Wolverhampton, along with siblings Anne, Elizabeth, Albert, Ethel, Thomas, Horace and Robert. By 1911, George was a butcher.

On 5 September 1914, George’s name appeared in the Midland Counties Express as one of the men “willing to join” the special service companies (although his name was incorrectly listed as “G. H. Stocking”, his address was still 58 Gordon Street). While I have been able to find the Army Pension records of his brother, Albert, I have not been able to confirm details of George’s military service.

He may have survived the war, however, as there is a possible marriage to Marion Middleton in Lichfield in 1929. This marriage produced two children – Maurice J. in 1929 and George T. in 1933. I have also found a possible death for George on on 3 May 1987, now living at Wansbeck Main Road, Colwich, Stafford, with value of his effects being £78755.