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The son of Alfred Sillitoe, George was born in Wolverhampton on 24 June 1884. In 1901, he was living with his father and brother John at 14 Graisley Row, Wolverhampton. George was working as a wire weaver. George married Florence Hill on 21 December 1907 at St Paul’s Church, Wolverhampton. By 1911, they were living with their two children, George and Gladys, at 7 Western Terrace, Elm Street, Wolverhampton. George was working as an iron shearer at a stampers and hollowware manufacturer, presumably S. J. & E. Fellows Ltd, based at the Vulcan Works. The couple had three further children, Ellen (1912), Julia (1915) and Arthur (1918). Unfortunately, Gladys died of influenza and pneumonia on 6 November 1918, and both Ellen and Arthur also died in infancy, in 1915 and 1920 respectively.

on 24 May 1915, George enlisted in the 2nd/6th Battalion of the South Staffordshire Regiment (number 4235). His trade was then given as machinist. By 1917 he had been posted to the Royal Engineers (number WR/177047), and was able to use his skilled trade proficiencies to become a Fitters’ Mate. On 6 June 1919 he was demobilised to his home address of 90 Green Lane, Wolverhampton.

By 1939 he was living at 121 Merridale Street, Wolverhampton, along with his wife, and children George, Julia (now married), Florence M. (born 1923), Albert H. (born 1926) and Doris I. (born 1928). George was working as a shearer for a stamping and pressing mill. George died in Wolverhampton in 1953.