GEORGE HENRY HOPEWELL 1888–1949
Born 7th May 1888
Baptised 17th June 1888 in Radcliffe on Trent
Married 1910 to Martha Johnson. Children: son George, daughter Ethel
Age two, living with parents George and Eliza at Brickyard Houses, Radcliffe on Trent
Age twelve and at school, living with parents George and Eliza at the Harlequin, Radcliffe on Trent. Father a gardener.
Age 22, living in Nottingham with wife Martha and son George working as a drayman.
Service Number: 1343, then 164676 (MGC)
Military Unit: 1/1st Nottinghamshire Yeomanry (South Notts. Hussars) 1st Mounted Division, then Machine Gun Corps
Theatre of War: Egypt, then France and Flanders
Medals Awarded: British War and Victory
George Hopewell’s service record has not been found. It is likely that he was transported from Egypt to France in May 1918 with the South Notts. Hussars – unless he was on leave or in hospital at the time.
The 1st Mounted Division arrived in Egypt in July 1917 and were placed under orders of Desert Mounted Corps. In April 1918 they merged with the Warwickshire Yeomanry to form Battalion B of the Machine Gun Corps. In May they sailed back to France on HMS Leasowe Castle, which was torpedoed. Rescued men returned to Egypt then finally arrived in Italy, June 21st 1918 from where they moved on to Etaples, France arriving August 19th 1918. They were then renamed 100 Battalion Machine Gun Corps (source www.1914-1918.net).
Living at the Harlequin, Radcliffe on Trent in 1915. Daughter Ethel baptised in Radcliffe on Trent 27.6.1915.
From the 1939 Register
Address: 570 Bridge Road, Nottingham
Air Raid Precautions warden
Household: living with wife Martha born 31.10.1888
Reasons for inclusion on Radcliffe on Trent Roll of Honour
Born and lived in Radcliffe on Trent with parents and siblings.