Following our recent appeal for information, we have been able to find out more about George Augustus Carless, who mistakenly appeared on the First World War Roll of honour as “Careless”.
George was born in 1890, and baptised on 6 Feb 1890 at St Stephen’s Church, Willenhall, the son of Samuel & Mary Ellen Carless. Samuel was a Wheelwright and they lived at Upper Lichfield Street. In 1891 Census he was living with parents and 5 siblings in Upper Lichfield Street, but by 1901 George, his parents and 6 siblings were at the Lion Inn, 46 Brickkiln Street, Portobello, Willenhall. His father Samuel was now a Beerhouse Keeper. By 1911, George, his parents and remaining 2 siblings were at 143 Lowe Street, Wolverhampton. By this date, George was working as a Wood Machinist at a Furniture Factory.
George enlisted at Birmingham as a Private in the 2nd Battalion of the Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry (service number 13622), and he first served in France from 24 August 1915. He died on 24 October 1918 in Salonika, Greece, although there does not appear to be any further detail about the circumstances surrounding his death. He is buried at the Mikra British Cemetery in Kalamaria.