Albrighton, Belgium, coronation, Duke of Connaught, Express & Star, George Stockton, Hill 60, Lads Brigade, Leicester Street, London, Shropshire, South Staffordshire Regiment, St Andrews Church, St Andrews Church Lads Brigade, Wolverhampton Lads Brigade
George was born in Albrighton, Shropshire, in 1893, the son of Charles and Elizabeth Stockton. The family were living at 80 Leicester Street, Wolverhampton, by 1901, together with George’s brother Alfred Henry. George was a member of the St Andrew’s Church Lads’ Brigade and was one of two boys to represent the Wolverhampton Lads’ Brigades in London at a review in Hyde Park by the Duke of Connaught at the coronation of the King and Queen. The family were at the same address in 1911, and George had become a gas fitter’s labourer for a gas company.
In October 1914, George enlisted in the 1st/6th Battalion of the South Staffordshire Regiment (number 3126), and went to the front in March 1915. He rose to the rank of Lance Corporal, but was killed in action on 8 September 1915 at Hill 60. In an article in the Express & Star on 29 September 1915, his lieutenant was quoted as writing “He could not do a nobler thing than he has done – offer his life for Old England in this great struggle.” He is remembered at Larch Wood (Railway Cutting) Cemetery in Belgium.