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George Angell

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George was born in Ogbourne St George in 1885 and was the fourth eldest of five brothers, Robert, George, James, Victor and John and his two sisters, Sarah Jane and Nellie. On the 1911 census aged 26, he was living with his wife Elizabeth and Daughter Elizabeth Rhoda at the ‘Crabtree Cottages’, Savernake Forrest, Little Bedwyn, where he was employed locally as a Carter on a Farm.  Living nearby in Mildenhall, Marlborough was his Father George (also a carter on a farm) and his Mother Rhoda; on leave from 1 st Battalion (Duke of Edinburgh’s) Wiltshire Regiment was his brother James, who had enlisted in Tidworth in 1911, his eldest brother Robert was working and living at Whaddon’s Dairy near Trowbridge as a farm Labourer and Boarder, also living there was Robert’s employers daughter Harriett Bessie, who later become his wife in 1916.

George Angell enlisted at Devizes in January 1915 and served with 1 st Battalion (Duke of Edinburgh’s) Wiltshire Regiment, the same unit as his brother James, sadly 4 months after joining his Regiment, his brother, now LCpl James Angell was killed in action on the 5 th May 1915, at Elzenwalle, Belgium during the second battle at Ypres, the war diary entry for that day simply states "Heavy gun fire to the N. Quiet during day to our front, short bursts of rifle fire by night. One man killed."  James Angell is buried at Voormezeele Enclosure No3, Grave XIV.H.11, Belgium, along with 1,611 of his fellow comrades of the First World War, buried or commemorated of which 609 of the burials are unidentified
George stayed on the Western Front fighting with his Battalion at some of the bloodiest events of the Ypres and the Somme campaigns and in early 1917 was reported as a patient at the Edmonton Military Hospital, Middlesex for treatment ‘Following a illness brought on from two years of active service at the front’

Heartbreaking news was again received from the War Office that on the 19 February 1917, George’s other brother Robert, who had joined the Royal Artillery and had been posted to the 73rd Company, Royal Garrison Artillery, located at Attock, India had died of an (intestine related condition), Robert was buried in India and is remembered on the 1914-1918 Memorial, Face 2, Kirkee, India, sadly his actual grave location is not known.

On the 22 February 1917, at the Edmonton Military Hospital, Middlesex, George Angell died.

January 2021
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