Dedicated to the memory of all the men and women of the Bridgnorth area who died during the two World Wars.
George Childs was the son of George Childs, a labourer, and his wife, Ellen. The family lived on Cartway. When he left school, George went to work at the carpet factory of H M Southwell Ltd. He was married.
George was a member of the Territorial Force. When war broke out he joined the 7th Battalion King’s Shropshire Light Infantry. He was killed in action on 26th September, 1917 – the first day of the Battle of Polygon Wood in the Third Battle of Ypres. He is buried in Tyne Cot cemetery.
Private Childs was awarded the Victory and British Medals and the Territorial Forces War Medal. His death was reported in the Bridgnorth Journal on 10th November, 1917.
BRIDGNORTH SOLDIERS KILLED [Bridgnorth Journal, 10th November, 1917] Mrs Childs, of 3 Cartway, has been officially notified that her husband 21206 Pte. G. Childs, 7th K.S.L.I. was killed in action in France on the 26th September, 1917.
[BMDs] IN MEMORIAM [Bridgnorth Journal, Saturday 28th September, 1918] CHILDS. – In loving memory of George Childs, K.S.L.I., son of Mr. G. Childs, 90 Cartway, Bridgnorth, killed in action in France September 27th, 1917. – “Duty nobly done.” – R.I.P. Brother and Sister-in-law, Francis and Jessie.
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