Bromley War Memorial

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George William Trueman

06/01/1895 - 22/07/1916
George William Trueman
Source: Bromley & District Times
CWGC Memorial: Thiepval Memorial
Other Memorials: St Luke's Church, Bromley, Holy Trinity, Bromley Common, St Augustine's Church, Bromley

Place of birth: Carisbrooke, Isle of Wight
Last known address in Bromley: 4 Billett Cottages Southborough Road, Bickley

Military information

Regiment/Service: Queen's Own Royal West Kent Regiment
Battalion/Ship: 1st Bn
Rank: Lance Corporal
Number: L/10152

Family information

Parents: George & Louisa Trueman (nee Lindsay)
Parents' occupation: Foreman of brickworks
Siblings: Rosalie (d), Marie Louisa, Henrietta Kate

Census information

Address: The Bridge, Grenville Lane, Carisbrooke
Address: Bakery, Queens Road, Knaphill
Occupation: Baker

Extra details

George was the only son, and 2nd of George and Louisa Annie Trueman's four children. After leaving school he became a baker.

When he enlisted in the Royal West Kents on 6th June 1913, at New Cross, he was described as 5ft 6ins tall, weight 118lbs, fresh complexion, blue eyes and fair hair. He had a scar on his right eyebrow and in the centre of his forehead, also a small growth between his shoulders. He was awarded 3rd Class Certificate of Education on 17th July 1913.

The Royal West Kents were mobilised and landed in Havre on 15th August 1914 where they engaged in various actions including;
The Battle of Mons and subsequent retreat, The Battle of Le Cateau, The Battle of the Marne, The Battle of the Aisne, The Battles of La Bassee and Messines 1914, The First Battle of Ypres.
On the 18th December George was severely wounded and sent home to recover at the Bristol General Hospital (26th December to 1st January 1915). He had a shrapnel wound to his scalp, frostbite in his right foot and a gunshot wound to his left leg.

By the 25th May 1915 he had recovered enough to be sent back to the front. He was reported missing on 22nd July 1916, the assumption of his death on that date being notified to his family on 2nd May 1917. However his mother never gave up hope, she wrote several letters to the army and in January 1919 she placed an advert in the local newspaper for any news of her son.

Additional photographs

Source: Bromley & District Times January 1919
Source: Bromley & District Times January 1919

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