Project Description

GEORGE HENRY HOPEWELL 1888–1949

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Born 7th May 1888

Baptised 17th June 1888 in Radcliffe on Trent

Married 1910 to Martha Johnson. Children: son George, daughter Ethel

Died 1949

1891 Census

Age two, living with parents George and Eliza at Brickyard Houses, Radcliffe on Trent

1901 Census

Age twelve and at school, living with parents George and Eliza at the Harlequin, Radcliffe on Trent. Father a gardener.

1911 Census

Age 22, living in Nottingham with wife Martha and son George working as a drayman.

Military Service

Rank: Private

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

Other information

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

Occupation: Chauffeur

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.