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Stanley George Mundy

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Stanley George was born in Marlborough in 1900; in 1911 aged (11) he was living at 11 Kingsbury Terrace, Marlborough, with his father Alfred George (33) and mother Phoebe (35).  Alfred was employed as a coach building carpenter.  George's brother Gordon Stewart (8) was at school with him.   

Stanley enlisted into the Army at Marlborough in 1917 / 1918 and after his basic training joined the 6 th (Service) Battalion of the Dorsetshire Regiment which was part of Kitcheners ‘New’ K2 Army.  He would have probably had his training curtailed  due to the German Spring Offensive which pushed the Allied forces back on the Western Front, so he was likely to have been rushed with the new recruits to France in June 1918, where he joined his Battalion on the Front Line. On the 21st August 1918, the 6 th Dorset’s, a Regiment of the 17 th (Northern) Division, were at the forefront of the frontal assault on strongly defended Thiepval Ridge.  The Battalion had to assault up a valley which was being heavily shelled and raked with machine gun fire, firing in from the flanks; further hazards had been created in the old shell craters and trenches where random pockets of heavy gas had settled.  By the 23rd August 1918 Thiepval had been captured and the Battalion again advanced on Courcellette but due to a map reading error captured Pozieres instead.

It was on this second phase during the assault on Pozieres that Pte Stanley George Mundy was killed in action aged 18.  Stanley George Mundy is buried at Connaught Cemetery, Thiepval, Grave reference IX.B.5, he was remembered in the Cemetery Records by his Parent Alfred George and Phoebe Mundy, who were now showing their home address as 31 Winterbourne Bassett, Swindon, Wiltshire.

There are now 1,268 Commonwealth servicemen of the First World War buried or commemorated in Connaught Cemetery, Thiepval.

January 2021
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