Bromley War Memorial

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George Frank Tolhurst

27/04/1881 - 05/05/1916
George Frank Tolhurst
Source: Family
CWGC Memorial: Amara War Memorial
Other Memorials: Raglan Road School

Place of birth: Bromley, Kent
Last known address in Bromley: 8 Godwin Road

Military information

Regiment/Service: The Buffs (East Kent Regiment)
Battalion/Ship: 1st/5th Bn
Rank: Private
Number: G/3034

Family information

Parents: Alfred & Caroline Tolhurst (nee Mitchell)
Parents' occupation: Fencer
Siblings: Annie Eliza, William Alfred, Alice Caroline, John Hawes, Susannah (d), Jessie
Relatives on War Memorial: EMBLEN, W., FRY, W.A., PHILPOT, T.
Wife: Harriet Martin
Marriage date: 22-04-1905
Children: Daisy Alice (d), May, Alfred, Frank, Edith Annie

Census information

Address: 37 Walpole Road
Address: 8 Godwin Road
Occupation: Navvy
Address: 7 Bank Street, Cranbrook
Occupation: General labourer

Extra details

George was the 3rd of Alfred and Caroline Tolhurst's seven children. He was baptised on 3rd June 1888 at St Luke's Church. He attended Raglan Road School before becoming a Navvy.

He enlisted in the East Kent Regiment on 30th July 1902 and was described as 5ft 5ins tall, weighed 118lbs, had a fresh complexion, brown eyes and brown hair. He had a scar on his left wrist and a ring on his 2nd finger, left hand (probably a tattoo). He served at Home was transferred to the Reserve on 16th February 1905 and discharged, as completed his 1st period of engagement, on 29th July 1914.

George married Harriet Martin on 22nd April 1905 at St Luke's Church, they had four children. By 1911 they had moved to Cranbrook.

He re-enlisted in the East Kent Regiment in Cranbrook and was sent to France on 11th March 1915. From here he joined the 1st/5th Battalion and went to Basra, Iraq where he died on 5th May 1916.

George's nephew Alfred' s wife's father William Albert Fry also died as did his sister-in-law's brother William Emblen, and brother-in-law Thomas Philpott.

Additional photographs

Source: Family
Source: Family

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