Category: Military
Rank: Private
Regiment or Ship: 9th Bn Royal Fusiliers
Service Number(s): GS/27131
Occupation: Hairdresser
Date of Birth: 1889
Place of Birth: St. Pancreas, London
Date of Death: 07.10.1916
Place of Death: France Place of Burial / Memorials:

Beaulencourt British Cemetery, Ligny-Thilloy, France, III.B.30.

Address: 10 Buckhurst Place, Bexhill on Sea

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Family Information

Parents:          George Maillon, born in France but becoming a Nationalized British Subject in 1910, (1861-1924), and Catherine Maillon, (1865-1944), nee Boxell. George senior was also a hairdresser.

Siblings:         Dorothy Catherine (1890-1977), born in Marylebone, and a dressmaker by trade.

Upon his death George left an estate of £127.10s.1d. to George Maillon – hairdresser (his father).

First World War Experience

We do not know when George enlisted but there is an article in a local newspaper (November 1916) which reads:

“Private Maillon’s Path

As previously announced, Private George Maillon, of the Royal Fusiliers, has been missing since the attack of 7th October on the road to Biaupnume.  He took part in the fight for Poiziers, where he was slightly wounded, on the 6th August and was sent to a base hospital. A month later he had rejoined his company, and took part in several attacks. He is the son of Mr and Mrs Maillon, of 10 Buckhurst Place.  Second-Lieutenant Pilgrim writes:  ‘It is impossible to give you further news – as we know nothing more.  Your son, if killed (as I fear), died for our country’s sake. He was a brave lad.  I lost many dear friends on that day.’”

Another article – dated July 1917 – reads:

“Private George Maillon (27131), Royal Fusiliers, only son of Mr and Mrs George Maillon of Buckhurst Place, Bexhill, who has been ‘missing’ since November last is now officially reported killed.  When writing to Private Maillon’s parents at the time of the engagement in which their son took part, Lieutenant Pilgrim said, ‘If killed, as I fear, he died for his country’s sake. He was a brave lad.’ “

George was killed on Saturday 7th October 1915 and is one of 427 casualties buried in the cemetery at Ligny-Thilloy.  He was awarded the Victory Medal and the British War Medal.

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