Dedicated to the memory of all the men and women of the Bridgnorth area who died during the two World Wars.
George Corfield was born at Bow Lane in the parish of Munslow and was baptised at Munslow Parish Church on 22th May, 1892. He was the son of Richard Corfield, labourer, and his wife Charlotte. By 1901, the family lived at Field House, Stanton Long.
In 1911, James was working as a farm waggoner at Ruthall, Ditton Priors.
George volunteered early in the war. He served with the 6th Battalion, King's Shropshire Light Infantry, going to France with his battalion in July 1915. He died of wounds on 13th September, 1916 just after the Battle of Guillemont.
BATTLE OF GUILLEMONT
The 6th K.S.L.I, approached the village of Guillemont at 2 a.m. on Sept. 4th, and joined in the battle until the 7th. Lt.-Colonel E. A. Wood, having been gassed on the 4th, was evacuated to England, Major H. E. Welch taking over command of the battalion. The casualties from 3rd to 7th were 7 officers wounded, 2nd Lieut. J. P. Shaw missing, 11 other ranks killed and 23 wounded.
On the 7th the battalion marched to Bois Les Tailles, and next day into billets at Corbie for rest. The battalion next moved to Carnoy, and thence on the 16th back to the trenches in front of Waterlot Farm. [Wood: p.178]
Private George Corfield, 12448 KSLI, is buried in Corbie Communal Cemetery Extension, Somme, France. He was awarded the Victory and British Medals and the 1915 Star.
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