YORK George Wesley

Category: Military
Rank: Private; Sapper
Regiment or Ship: H Company 1st City of London Battalion Royal Fusiliers; Royal Engineers
Service Number(s): 63333; 254275.
Occupation: Blacksmith, Art Metal Worker.
Date of Birth: 1892
Place of Birth: Polegate, Sussex
Date of Death: 25.05.1966
Place of Death: St. John’s Hospital, Battersea, London.Address: 6 Leopold Road, Bexhill

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Family Information

Parents:         Jabez York, born 1854 in Warbleton, Sussex, died 1931 in Sussex, married Henrietta Heathfield, born 1858 in Waldron, Sussex.

Siblings:

Jabez Stephen York, born 1876, died 1951, in the district of Eastbourne, Sussex.

Charles Henry York, born 1877, in Brighton, Sussex.

Henrietta E York, born 1880 in Portslade, West Sussex.

Charlotte A York, born 1883, in Waldron, Sussex – died in 1969.

Agnes York, born 1885, in Burgess Hill, Sussex.

Ernest Albert York, born 1896, in Polegate, Sussex. W0278 YORK Ernest Albert

Florence Emily York, born 1899, in Bexhill, Sussex.

Marriage:      

George Wesley York married Edith Maud Emery (1903-1959) on 2nd June 1923, in Wandsworth district of London.

Children: 

George Herbert Jabez York, born 1923, in Wandsworth district, London.

Dorothy Charlotte York, born 1924, in Wandsworth district, died 1998; married Marcus William Keast, in the district of St. Austell, Cornwall, in 1944.

Ernest A. P. York, born 1929, in Wandsworth district, London.

George’s Probate:

“YORK George Wesley of 3 Rozel Road Clapham London died 25 May 1966 at St. Johns Hospital Battersea London.”

“Probate London 21 June to Marcus William Keast metropolitan police officer. £684”

Marcus was the husband of George’s daughter, Dorothy Charlotte – they married in 1944.

First World War Experience

None of George’s Service Records, other than his Medal Roll Index card, appears to have survived and what that tells us are the regiments he served in, his rank, the theatre of war in which he first served (Code 3) and the date of when he first entered that theatre.

Code 3 was used for the operations in Russia (from 4th/5th August 1914 – 1st/2nd July 1920) and the date when he, and his Regiment, arrived there was 25th of August 1915.

After the war, he was awarded the Victory, the 1915-Star, & the British medals.

George’s Medal Roll Index Card (MRIC) indicates that he served in Russia but this is an area that may need looking into as no evidence has been found that either of the two regiments that he was in were ever there. We don’t know, however, which section of the Royal Engineers he served in just that, according to the MRIC, it was the Royal Engineers.

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