Dedicated to the memory of all the men and women of the Bridgnorth area who died during the two World Wars.
Alan Lee George was the son of Arthur and Edith George. The family lived at Fernhill, Oldbury and owned a grocery and wine merchant business in Bridgnorth High Street. Alan was educated at Birmingham University where he was awarded the degree of Bachelor of Commerce.
Alan appears to have enlisted as a private in the 28 London Regiment before being commissioned in the 15th Battalion Royal Warwickshire Regiment on 1st August, 1917. He died on 14th April, 1918, possibly as the result of wounds received during the Battle of Hazebrouck (12-15th April), part of the Battle of the Lys (1918).
2/Lieut. George is buried at Tannay British Cemetery, Thiennes, France. His death was reported in the Bridgnorth Journal on 20th April and 4th May 1918.
BRIDGNORTH JOURNAL [Bridgnorth Journal, 4th August, 1917] We notice that Mr. Alan Lee George (son of Mr. A. Lee George, of Bridgnorth), who joined the Artists’ Rifles O.T.C. and received the whole of his training in France, has been posted to the 15th Royal Warwicks as second-lieutenant.
DIED FROM WOUNDS [Bridgnorth Journal, Saturday 20th April, 1918] On Tuesday last, Mr. and Mrs. A. Lee George, of Bridgnorth, received the sad intelligence that their only son, Sec-Lieutenant Alan Lee George, died of wounds received in action on the 14th inst. He joined the Artists Rifles O.T.C., received the whole of his training in France, and was posted to the 15th Royal Warwicks in July last year as second-lieutenant. Lieutenant George, who was only 22 years of age, after serving in France for twelve months was sent to Italy, and had only returned to France a few days before he met his death as stated.
A GALLANT BRIDGNORTH OFFICER [Bridgnorth Journal, Saturday 4th May, 1918] Lieut.-Colonel Miller, 15th Royal Warwicks, writing to Mr A. Lee George on the 24th April, respecting the death of his son, Second-Lieutenant Alan Lee George, which was briefly referred to in our issue of the 20th ult., says:- "Your son was wounded on the 14th inst. whilst commanding his Company under trying circumstances The other officers of his Company had already become casualties. I very much regret the loss of your son as an officer; he was very conscientious and hard working, and both on former occasions and on this occasion had proved himself reliable in action. Please accept my sincere sympathy in your great loss." Mr A. Lee George also received a letter from the Chaplain expressing sympathy with him in the death of his son in action, and adding, "I have known him ever since he joined the Battalion and here he worked hard and did well. It may be some small comfort to you to know that he fell in an action which was a quite remarkable bit of fighting when the men fought against big odds and brought off not only a fine thing, but a very important one, the influence of which it is really difficult to over estimate. Your son was the last officer of his Company to be hit. He was badly wounded by a shell. We are all sorry to lose so gallant an officer, and send you deepest sympathy in your sorrow." Mr. A. Lee George also received the following telegram:- "The King and Queen deeply regret the loss you and the Army have sustained by the death of your son in the service of his country. Their Majesties truly sympathise with you in your sorrow."
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